Dear Park East Family,
As we celebrate Independence Day we must remember the contribution of the American people to the world and the integration of millions of people who came to this country in search for freedom and opportunity, including the waves of Jewish immigrants fleeing persecution and pogroms, and those who came after the Holocaust and gained a new lease on life. Our Country has not been immune from discrimination, anti-Semitism and racial injustice. G-d created an imperfect world in order for each one of us to help improve and perfect it. This is an ongoing challenge, particularly at a time of division, hatred and civil strife. The pandemic we endure has brought on so much pain, grief and suffering, it calls for united action in healing a wounded and divided country and world.
In our prayers, that can be heard once again in our Sanctuary, let us give thanks for the blessings we enjoy, with hope and commitment to build together a bright and just future for our children and children’s children.
G-d bless America!
Rabbi Arthur Schneier