The Meaning of Community

By Sid Goldstein

The dictionary defines community as “‘a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.” I never understood how important that fellowship was until I got hurt. The unfortunate accident that I had visiting Las Vegas to see my family has made me understand what it truly means to be a part of a “community.”

Since Lorna and I returned home, not one day has gone by without someone from Sof reaching out to me. Whether it is a telephone call, an e-mail or a text, Sofers are checking up on me, wishing me well or just schmoozing. The number of prayers I’ve received is more than heartening. This cohesive community has surrounded me with care and concern in the face of tzuris. It is a very touching and very humbling experience. Sof Ma’arav far exceeds the textbook definition of a Community. I am honored to be a part of it, and will strive to do all that I can to support and promote our Congregation.

Mahalo to you all.

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