Rabbi’s Column


November 2017

Dear Kerem Shalom,

For the second consecutive year Kerem Shalom is been fortunate to be participating in an extraordinary Israeli teen Exchange Program called HiBur. HiBur is a full-year program for students in the 10th grade who have the opportunity to explore their Jewish identity by connecting and engaging with Israeli peers in Boston and in New York City, and then in Israel.

The HiBur Program is a collaborative project between 5 metro-west congregations (Congregations Beth El of Sudbury, B’nai Torah of Sudbury, Or Atid of Wayland, Beth Elohim of Acton, and Kerem Shalom of Concord.) and is generously supported by Boston’s Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP).

In fact, the four young women who had the honor of lifting and rewrapping the Torah on Rosh Hashannah morning, (Sasha Goldman-Fraser, Sienna Manning, Mel Jones, and Sophie Wanzer) were the four teens who participated in the program last year. We had the opportunity this past Spring to hear about their experiences as they shared their reflections with us at a Friday night service. Since the program was clearly so impactful, I wanted to share one of the student reflections with all of Kerem Shalom. Please accept my apologies that space in the Grapevine does not permit us to share all of them.

I know you will enjoy reading this as much as we appreciated hearing it this past Spring.

Kindness & Shalom,

Rabbi Darby Jared Leigh

To read the student’s reflection, please go to page 2 in the November issue of the Grapevine.