Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Try a Little Tenderness

"Ba’ruch Ah’tah Ah’dohnai Eh’lo’hay’nu Melech ha’o’lam ha’notayn la’ya’ef koach."

"Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who gives strength to the weary."

"Try A Little Tenderness"

She may be weary ...Women do get weary...
ok a bit weary,

First the interesting/positive news
I have been nominated to serve on my Synagogue's Board. Me, the Jew By Choice, Jew of only two years plus, on the board?

I think this has been a lovely compliment that the nominating committee has asked me. The process was comprehensive. First I was asked if I would like to be considered, then I filled out a questionnaire and lastly I went in for an interview with the nominating committee.
A letter was then sent to the entire synagogue community with the entire slate.

but then a glitch....The not so good news

Someone has put in a petition to run for the 2 year position, meaning there are now four people and three positions. This is highly unusual, in fact most folks believe it has only happened once before. When I was told about this event, I was also re-assured it wasn't about me. Despite this reassurance, I do feel vulnerable for all the obvious reasons. I am told it has to do with some other political situation. But now what had been a beautiful surprise and an honor has turned into something else. At every Shabbat since this new turn of events, folks in the know come up to me and say with a concerned expression make sure you get folks to the meeting etc...

I have talked to a few friends about coming to vote, but also have decided not to go crazy over this. It was an honor to be considered, and if I don't make it this year I plan on being around a while! I want what is best for our community, fighting and making camps of voters is not good for the community. I believe that would be a version of Lashon hara. I will not speak about things I do not absolutely know to be true or speak words that can cause our community to break. It is not me. I believe my aspirations are clean. When I was asked to serve I thought this was a way to give back to my chosen religious home some of what I have received.

Despite my resolve to be centered and calm I am nervous. In three or so hours I will first show up for evening prayers, attempt to center myself, and then be fully present for the meeting. It is out of my hands, what will be, will be.

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