Temple Bat Yahm Mission & Vision: A poem by President Patty Seyburn
To build lasting relationships.
To make these relationships into a community.
To create an environment of inclusivity.
To help each congregant develop a meaningful connection to Judaism.
Temple Bat Yahm Vision
We all have a vision of WHO WE ARE. Who we ASPIRE to be.
A vision requires IMAGINATION. A vision requires HONESTY.
A vision requires GROWTH and COURAGE. The ability to CHANGE.
If I am not for myself, who will be for me?
To be a Jew in the 21st century is to live amidst the great people of the world.
To EMBRACE our neighbors, and set ourselves apart.
To UNDERSTAND our role in history. To SHAPE our role for the future.
If I am only for myself, what am I?
Our LANGUAGE, our holy BOOKS, the land of ISRAEL, our RITUALS, our COMMUNITY.
The joys and sorrows that CONNECT us with EACH OTHER,
with our BEST SELVES, with G-d.
Our AIM: to be a place on the edge of the sea where Jews can GATHER,
can CELEBRATE, can SUPPORT, can LEARN, can PRAY, can QUESTION.
Where we can do OUR SMALL PART in saving the world.
If not now, when?
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