From the Shalom Austin CEO: Planting Seeds in the New Year
BY RABBI DANIEL SEPTIMUS
As we begin and celebrate the Gregorian new year, we also call attention to another new year at the end of this month, the new year of the trees, Tu B’Shevat (15th of Shevat). Tu B’Shevat is a time when we stop to admire the beauty of mother nature and her seasons. We plant seeds and trees that with nourishment and care will become strong and resourceful to the living things of our world.
The seeds that were planted for our community in 2017 are just beginning to take shape. As you will read in this issue, there are many things that were planned in the past year that came to fruition and will have such a profound effect on building a strong, vibrant Central Texas Jewish community. Our first delegation of Austin Jewish mothers attended the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project, a heavily subsidized trip to Israel. Spearheaded by Kimberly Luskey and Karee Jones, the Families with Young Children effort to raise $250,000 to support the Generations Campaign accomplished its goal on time and before the end of the new year. And finally, over Hanukkah our community came together to celebrate in many different ways to bring light into our lives and the lives of others in need.
Now we plant new seeds and trees on Tu B’Shevat. We look forward to celebrating together with over 1,000 of our brothers and sisters in this community at IGNITE! on Sunday, March 25, where we will honor the past and together build our future with some exciting entertainment from Colin Jost. I also hope you will take advantage of the opportunity to participate in the breadth of classes and programs offered this spring as registration is now open.
Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and meaningful start to Gregorian new year as we plant new seeds and trees that provide life to our community and each other.