Covenanting Ceremonies - A new way to approach belonging to a synagogue.
We believe membership must mean more than signing on a dotted line and handing over a check. There is a basic human need to belong to something greater than oneself and that need is met in community. After you join VBS, we invite you to share with us the blessings of community and belonging.
When you meet us on a Sunday morning, you will be introduced to one of the rabbis, members of the synagogue staff and lay leadership. After some brief introductions and some sharing of what Valley Beth Shalom means to us and can mean to you, we formally welcome you to the community through a special tour and ceremony.
THE VBS COVENANT OF MEMBERSHIP
By Senior Rabbi Ed Feinstein:
B'raysheet “In the beginning…” I share the responsibility of creating a community of holiness at Valley Beth Shalom, a community that embraces and embodies the ideals, ethics, faith and culture of the Jewish people.
Sh’mot “These are the names…” I will deepen my own Jewish identity and nurture my Jewish soul through Torah/ Learning, Avodah/Worship, Gemilut Hesed/Action, and Hevrah/Fellowship.
Va’yikra “And God called…” I will answer the call to become God’s partner in bringing wholeness and holiness to the world. I will answer the call to repair the world’s brokenness and heal its suffering.
Bamidbar “In the wilderness…” I will seek shalom, the blessings of wholeness, peace, and solidarity in my family, my circle of relations, my community, in my city and in the world.
Devarim “These are the words…” I share the responsibility of transmitting Judaism to a new generation.