Preparing for Another New Year
“A Season for Remembrance”
“Yom Hazikaron”- a day of remembrance- is a name for Rosh Hashanah. Traditionally , it is to G-d to whom we wish to be remembered for life and health in the coming year . It is at this season also that many kehillot , communities, advertise their offerings for memberships and subscriptions in an effort to attract much needed support. We all do this, as many seekers and newcomers want to belong to something holier than a social club. So we beckon their attention, offer programs and services, worship and community. At season’s end, it seems we all return to the mundane, hoping we have been worthy of the confidence people have entrusted to us-at least for the year ahead. And then it begins again. What did we remember?
CISA was formed in 2006, when certain tensions in the community beckoned an alternative ; CISA celebrated its 12th year in 2018. Our small community has striven to provide meaningful worship without child-like gimmickry elegant and participatory adult worship, thoughtful and intellectual study of text,-enhanced with the beauty of holiness in its music. A traditional style of the established authentic conservative movement. We have been successful often, and we have been shown ways to improve. We remember, too, that our purpose was not to be large; our goal was to be excellent, an intimate footprint in San Antonio. We have witnessed all that the life-cycle presents over these past 12 years. We have seen souls come and go for reasons of their own, and accepted indifference and criticisms from others. In a small family, little warts loom large and successes are sometimes noticed, and maybe even duplicated by others. At bottom, CISA, while organized, is not corporate in feeling, nor “family” as schule’s often propose. It is “the friendly schule” as described by some who have engaged with us. What do we remember?
As 5779 approaches, the questions are asked again, “what are our dues?”; “where are we meeting?”;” is there a fee?” Legitimate all, and answered simply that CISA provides that which its kehillah will support, financially, completely, without debt to the whole, and with rachmones for those who legitimately need assistance. I encourage all to review our Membership page, beautifully presented by our webmaster. I remember a time when challenged by a prospective member as to why any contribution was necessary since “religion is free.” I asked the individual if he studied Torah and was mindful of this question. He nodded, yes. Then, I suggested he review the reading for the festivals closely. In it he would read that we are admonished in the text, not to appear empty handed before Hashem. As our late benefactor once remarked, “between G-d and humans, there is always an economic connection.” As Kemach (money) is the lifeblood of every human endeavor, why would schule not be one of those worthy of sustenance? CISA wishes all a good year. May it conclude with higher resolve and good living.
And G-d remembers.