I was just offered an opportunity to be the director of a new program called “Peace through Health” bringing medical staff on a mission to the Mid East. It is an 18 month commitment, was created for me, and it is where my work is headed.
I am also pursuing creating a “food prescription” program for rural Texas, which may be a part of my full time hospital association work or something part-time, and those two pieces, plus a potential doctoral program, are more than enough to fill my heart and my time, along with my day job.
I plan to finish out my contract with CKH and am giving notice so the community has time to find new rabbinic leadership in time for a transition before the High Holidays.
This transition isn’t easy for me. I have come to love the people in the congregational work that I swore I would never do again. CKH is a gift, however, I’m feeling like the urgency of world events and politics are pulling me and have made openings for me to enter those fields.
I wish I could do everything. I am only one person and I have to pursue what calls.
I can’t believe that this month, I will have given exactly 20 years of service to CKH in many capacities – starting with the children’s service music leader, continuing as cantorial soloist and even shlichat tzibor/congregational leader for a time. It has been an incredible experience spending half of my life as a part of the CKH family, and I am so grateful for the time that I and my children have been a part of it. At this stage of my life, it has become increasingly difficult to wear all of the hats that I put on, especially given the need to be more present in my children’s lives and in my career. Thus, it is with a heavy heart that I must part ways from CKH effective after the December 15, 2017 Rock ‘n Soul service, which is quite fittingly the 20th anniversary of the Congregation’s very first service. I have learned so much about Jewish music among many other life lessons from the Congregation over these 20 years, and I will forever hold CKH’s voice in my heart.