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From Elul all the way through Simchat Torah we have the chance to make amends, but some amends are long overdue.

I have sat down more times than I can recall to write this and I still can’t find the right words....but it can wait no longer, so I’m hoping less is more.  

We all owe Shalom and Mindy Lewis a great debt. For several years they worked quite hard to keep our shul going, giving their time, their energy, their money and often their home for the benefit of our community.

It is bad enough that we did not thank them enough, but then they were subjected to untoward rumors and implications.  The details are no longer relevant, but all should know that Shalom worked diligently for our Modern Orthodox shul to maintain its character and keep it a welcome place for all.  Despite his premature departure, we have done our best to maintain that balance, and I believe that for the most part, we have.

Shalom left us with the same dignity that he served us for years, and has always taken my calls and remained open and available to meet me, but I have not prevailed upon him to return as of yet.

I ask here publicly to Shalom, Mindy, and anyone else reading this for your forgiveness for any action, intentional or unintentional, that caused you any offense. 

We lost our Holy Temple for baseless hatred, including Lashon Hara.  And we lost some pillars of our community for the same sins. My friends, we miss you and hope for your return, hopefully sooner than later.

May this year bring only simcha after simcha, in blessing and unity to, our homes, our shul, our community, the Jewish people, to the Land of Israel, to the United States of America and to all who stand with us.

David Zuckerman
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