Rabbi’s Message: May-Jun. 2017

A May Message to My Congregational Family


My usual article has a number of quotes and musical references. This month my message is going to be simpler.

As I’m sure you know, I’ve gone through a major change in my life over the past 5 months. Matters have finally been resolved, and life moves on. I feel blessed to be your rabbi, and I appreciate how supportive and nice you have been to me. I will continue to serve you to the best of my abilities, and I’m optimistic about the future of our congregation as we go forward together.

As this is the May-June issue of the Messenger, I would like to share one timely thought. May 2 is a very special day for me. This is because on May 2, 1945, my father, Isaac Solomon Bovit (at the time Jakubowicz), was liberated from the horrors of the Nazi death camps by American soldiers carrying that beautiful symbol of freedom, the flag of the USA. After going through the proper channels, my father eventually arrived in America as a legal and tremendously appreciative immigrant. He revered and loved this country for giving him freedom and opportunity and the right to freely be a Jew in a manner he never dreamed could exist. My father frequently told me that I should thank God every day for the privilege of being an American. And you know what? I do.

The United States is the freest and most just nation state that has ever existed. I will always appreciate this, and I will always defend those precious freedoms.

As we enjoy the blossoming of nature and the pleasantness of delicious weather around us, let us also never lose our appreciation of our precious gift of being an American.

On May 29 we have a special opportunity to show our appreciation of our unique American freedoms. That day is Memorial Day, when we remember and celebrate the memory of those who gave their lives serving in our armed forces protecting and preserving American liberty. On that day I will participate in a parade that commemorates this special date, and as I march my heart will swell with American pride as I remember with great appreciation those who died in their efforts to liberate my father and so many others and gave my family and me the opportunities and freedom we enjoy today.