Dear Temple Shalom:
A decade ago Cantor Lisa Levine arrived at Temple Shalom to effectuate a spiritual awakening through the beauty and power of song. During the past ten years, she has done that and so much more in leading our music and b'nai mitzvah programs, teaching our children, and supporting us on our spiritual journey. Now, as she approaches her ordination as a Rabbinic Pastor and plans to retire as our Cantor, I hope you will join me in thanking Cantor Levine and wishing her well as she begins this new and exciting journey.
Under Cantor Levine's leadership, we have continued our community's deep musical history and music has become even more deeply ingrained in who we are as a community -- through First Friday and Soulful Ruach services, at Cantor Showcases, with our artists-in-residence program, at Tot Shabbats, during pastoral care, or at the MLK Service during which Cantor Levine helped connect us each year to the broader interfaith musical community. Although she will be retiring as our Cantor, her legacy of bringing us together Jewishly and spiritually through music will long outlast her and many of us at Temple Shalom.
Next spring, the Music Committee will host a reception in her honor as we formally say our goodbyes, but please join me over the next eight months in finding time to express our personal appreciation to Cantor Levine, beginning with November 12 at 4 pm as we celebrate Cantor Levine's last decade with the launch of her new CD.
Many of you will have questions about where we will go next as a community in song and prayer. During this year of transition and healing, we have an opportunity to explore our future as a community as we prepare for our settled rabbi and decide together how our musical and b'nai mitzvah programs will be structured and managed for the next decade and beyond. We will consider carefully all options that ensure that music remains central to our identity and that our b'nai mitzvah program remains unsurpassed. Please look for more details over the coming weeks and months to be part of that discussion.
In the meantime, I hope you will avail yourself of the opportunity to enjoy Cantor Levine’s exquisite music over the next eight months, congratulate her on her ordination - the culmination of her five years of hard work, and wish her well on her new journey.
As always, let me know if you have any questions or concerns.