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Posted on November 02, 2013
Making up the Snow Days
Wow, what a winter it has been! After living most of my adult life on the West Coast, I was not prepared for all of this snow. As a kid in Michigan, I remember climbing into my parents’ bed listening to the radio for the school closings and waiting to hear the name of our district. It was fun! I never had to drive in the snow, and my parents never really asked me to do too much shoveling. From the perspective of an elementary school student, what’s not to like about a snow day?
Even as an adult, a snow day here and there can be a refreshing break – an opportunity to slow down and spend precious time as a family. But when the snow days begin to add up, one can definitely experience “cabin fever,” and even students who live for Jacob Meisel’s snow day predictions start to pray for good weather.
As I write this article, the Westport Public Schools have reached the limit on snow days and have begun to take away days from April vacation. As a result, we at The Conservative Synagogue are evaluating how to respond to the several delays and closings that have affected our administrative and spiritual work at the shul.
As a synagogue for the “people,” we want to make sure that our office is open for the number of hours you expect as dedicated dues paying members. Therefore, beginning in March, our office will have extended hours to include Saturday nights. Need a last minute Bar Mitzvah present? Stop by TCS after Havdallah to visit the Gift Shop. Need to make a payment or donation in our Business Office? Before heading to Bartaco, swing by TCS to drop off your check. Are you in need of a Yahrtzeit candle? Fresh Market or Trader Joe’s may be closed, but not TCS, thanks to our post-snow extended hours.
Groundhog Phil may have seen his shadow, but it never hurts to pray for some warm March weather nonetheless. In order to cater to your spiritual needs, we have decided to add some additional Shabbat services this month. If 9:30AM services on Shabbat morning don’t work for you, we will now offer a 5AM and 7AM snow make-up minyan. For those who like to sleep-in or go for a morning run, perhaps our new 2PM or 4PM melt-the-snow mincha minyan will work better with your schedule.
Furthermore, the Northeast has gotten so much snow this year that the rabbis of this area have actually decided to add an entire month to the Hebrew calendar, in order to make up for the lost time. The month is called Adar II, and during this month we are required to be happy – and sometimes overly silly. Silliness would include writing articles such as this, which are not really true, but just meant to poke fun at our current situation and the lives in which we live. So please don’t expect TCS to be open on a Saturday night (unless you are coming for a program like our fantastic Fundraiser on March 8 or wild Purim celebration on March 15). We would love to see you on Shabbat – but at the regularly scheduled times! In the meantime, remember that “Mi’shenichnas Adar Marbim B’simchah,” when the month of Adar arrives, our joy is increased.
Rabbi Jeremy Wiederhorn