I would like to share the story of Yertle the Turtle with you. In this story, Dr. Seuss tells of a place where in order to gain a view of his entire kingdom, Yertle the King, piles his fellow turtles up – one on the back of the other. The story says, “He piled them all up in a nine turtle stack. And then Yertle climbed up. He sat down on the pile. What a wonderful view! He could see ‘most a mile!”
As President of Or Hadash, I have a different view. I am not standing here on the backs of others – but rather standing on their shoulders. I am drawn to this image of standing on the shoulders of those who came before me because I feel it says a lot about who we are as a community. From my great grandfather who was a synagogue president, to my family of choice, my Or Hadash community, I have been provided with many strong shoulders to stand on. I am privileged and proud to have learned from a long line of Or Hadash presidents and others who have served the congregation. Their collective wisdom and shared vision informs my own presidency.
Or Hadash has a legacy of outstanding leaders – but also a history of having created a tightly knit community. I heard at a recent Board meeting that one of our new members, having visited several neighborhood congregations, called Or Hadash a jewel. Just like a jewel, we are a multi-faceted community – one that shines brightly for so many of us and we feel is a beacon for those seeking to belong to a warm and welcoming place.
About Or Hadash: shedding new light on Jewish traditions... A small Reconstructionist congregation housed in an historic mansion in Fort Washington PA. The diversity of membership reflects an open invitation to come as you are and be who you are. Or Hadash encourages members to find the level of spirituality that is comfortable for them. The community is engaging, creative, energetic, enthusiastic and encourages participation. For more nformation: firstname.lastname@example.org 215 283 0273 or www.orhadash.com