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Shalom, Friends, 

We are grateful and overjoyed to be joining the Shaare Torah community as your next rabbis! 

Thank you for the trust you have placed in us to accompany you and your families through sacred moments in your lives. We are excited to move to Gaithersburg with our family this summer to work together for the continued flourishing of Shaare Torah. We can’t wait to sing together, study together, to pray and to play together and for our children to grow up in such a special Jewish community. 

We are inspired by the leaders who have built the Shaare Torah community with passion and devotion - Founding Rabbi, Jacob Blumenthal, the lay leaders who launched this sacred community and those who have partnered to lead the community from strength to strength over the past quarter century.

We are grateful to those who helped Shaare Torah to thrive in the past two years of transition- to David Freiman and the Shaare Torah Board of Trustees, to the Rabbi Search Team led by Adam Simon, Wendy Fischman and Rob Ritter; to interim rabbis, Mark Raphael and Steve Glazer and student rabbi, Tyler Dratch; to the extraordinary professional team of Matt Oziel, Deb Geiger, Allison Colker, Rotem Ur, and Aaron Berner; and to all the members of the Shaare Torah community who have stepped forward to lead in so many ways, large and small.  

This past year, we have been moving through a time of intense transition and loss in the midst of a global pandemic. With courage, resilience and imagination, we have found new ways to be in Jewish community together, to keep our tradition alive through the beauty of Jewish ritual, and to support one another in times of mourning and celebration.  

As the holiday of Passover arrives this year, we feel ourselves moving out of the narrow places of Mitzrayim. More and more people in our country are getting access to vaccines and slowly we are beginning to emerge from this painful year of isolation. According to our ancient rabbis, this Hebrew month of Nissan is the first month of the year. Leaving Egypt, in Nissan, we began marking the rhythms of sacred time together as a people.

This season, as blossoms open and daffodils and crocuses wake up after the winter, we see so much promise ahead that new beginnings can bring change, healing, and growth. We are honored to walk with you as we collectively imagine new beginnings and what life at Shaare Torah will look like in the months and years ahead. 

Each year on Pesach, we retell the stories of how our people and our own families came to be. We can’t wait to be with you, to get to know each of you, your families and your stories, and to write together the next chapter in the story of Shaare Torah. 

We wish you a Pesach of joy and sweetness, of healing and hope. 
Next year, may we be together. Next year, may we truly be free.

Shabbat Shalom & Chag Sameach,

Rabbi Annie & Rabbi Yosef


Rabbi Annie Lewis 
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Rabbi Yosef Goldman
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Sun, June 13 2021 3 Tammuz 5781