Messages from Rabbi Russo

May 29, 2015 ~ 11 Sivan 5775

Parashat Naso begins with dividing up the familial responsibilities.  The Levite families of Gershon and Merari are tasked with taking care of the mishkan, the temporary dwelling and sanctuary for God, in the wilderness.  Aaron and his family took care of the service of God in the mishkan, while the descendants of Gershon and Merari tended to the physical structure. They were like the housing committee for the mishkan who kept the physical structure functional and beautiful with planks, equipment, pegs, sockets, etc.  The responsibilities of caring for the mishkan looked different in the various families, yet everyone felt connected to the mishkan in some way.  

Our families today may look different as we have grown and evolved as society, but the search for connection is still present for many of us.  Join me on Monday, June 1, for a day of learning about the Changing Face of the American Jewish Family at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City.  You can register here: http://www.wizevents.com/register/landing.php?id=3369

Please feel free to respond to my e-mail, and let me know if you would like to join us, and we can carpool.  Families are so important to us at CSI, and we want to continue to be as welcoming and supportive of all our families.  This is one reason why we hired a Director of Family Learning who will be with us at services tomorrow night at 6 pm.    
Shabbat Shalom.