We didn’t plan it this way, but it seems that our first three months of Sesquicentennial Celebrations have naturally fallen into the monthly themes of Present, Past, Future.   
November was our celebration in the Present – an incredible concert by David Broza (with an even more incredible appearance by guest star Shawn Gilley – not that I’m at all biased on this subject), followed by a visit from URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs.  
Now it’s December, our month of celebrations dedicated to the Past.  We will honor our history with the Scholar-in Residence program with Gary Zola from the American Jewish Archives on December 5-7, followed by a weekend of history and art of Oak Park Temple December 12-14 by Rabbi Gerson & David Sokol. 

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And in January, we’ll turn the focus to our Future, with programming for our youngsters,   ShirLaLa – Outrageously Hip Jewish Kiddie Rock – will be at OPT on January 10.  This program promise to be enriching and inspiring for children and their families.  I‘ve had the pleasure of seeing Shira Kline at two or three biennials and can tell you that she is quite a talented and engaging performer, and I am very excited that she will be here at Oak Park Temple. And not to worry, we aren’t leaving out the adults – on January 11, she will host an Adult Meditation session.  


I want to continue to express my gratitude to our sesquicentennial chairs, our staff and all of our many volunteers for their hard work in the staggering number of tasks involved in planning and staffing these events, as well as our angels who have contributed funding in order to keep these events as affordable as possible for everyone. 

I hope you are all able to enjoy as many of these events as possible as we celebrate our Present, our Past, and our Future.

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