This week's Torah portion,
Yitro, contains a valuable lesson in taking care of oneself. Yitro sees his son-in-law Moses working too
hard, trying to be all things to all people and like a good father-in-law, he
offers Moses some advice: Delegate and take care of yourself. This is an important lesson for everyone, not
just Moses, to learn. Yet, taking time to care for oneself is not always easy.
Luckily, our congregation
offers a unique opportunity to have fun as well as to perhaps gain something
for ourselves to enjoy!
Indeed, it's that time of
year again, when the Congregation will once again be transformed into a place
of gaiety, laughter, entertainment and fun. Yes, it's Gala time, as
Congregation Etz Chaim launches its second annual "Puttin' on the
Ritz" fundraiser. This gathering is our main fundraising opportunity for
the year. But what makes this fundraiser so special is that the organizers of
it have really been able to put the "fun" back in fundraising!
This year, we will have
another live band, drinks and appetizers, dancing and gambling as well as really
wonderful prizes to be had through raffles as well as live and silent auctions.
This year's prizes include such things as:
A week in Maui, a week in Union Pier Michigan and a mini iPad.
All proceeds benefit the
congregation. This is a unique opportunity to support the congregation as well
as treat yourself to something special.
This is a wonderful evening to come and join old friends and perhaps to
even meet new people.
The organizers have
thought of every aspect of this event:
They even have compiled a list of available teenage babysitters who
could watch your children while you have an evening out. Please contact Kathie Bender in
order to receive a list of kids who are available.
Please invite your friends,
both Jewish and non-Jewish, to our fundraiser. For a nominal $25 a ticket, you
and your friends can eat delicious food, dance the night away to a live band
and possibly win a host of prizes. All of this will ultimately strengthen the
ties of the congregation, as well as provide a necessary financial benefit. As Yitro,
Moses' father-in-law, said in essence to Moses, God wants us to enjoy life. We
should work hard, but not to our detriment. And after we cease from our labors,
we rest on Shabbat and renew and come back to our lives with a new purpose.
Therefore, our gala is a great opportunity to show support for our congregation
and also to partake in some of the joys of belonging to a congregation. I hope
to see you this Saturday evening!