Not in our side Chapel, rather the services moved to the main chapel. Our congregation certainly did not fill the pews tonight. No issues here about tickets and reserved seating as you see with most US based congregations. In fact, we have learned over the years that if you want people to sit at the front, you move up the table with the prayer books. Othewise there are people scattered over 30 rows, when there is barely enough to fill four.
The rabbi who was due in, well, he was diverted. And too late to get someone else in on contract (unless we wanted to go Aleph – and that creates other issues). At this point, three of us who are the mainstays are doing this for the third year running. Bill (Opera trained) is responsible for the Cantor’s portion and Vicki and I divided up the rest as well as farmed out as many readings as possible. Obviously, choirs are not us – way too small for that nonsense – we want everyone to participate.
The Oneg after was well attended.
I have the D’var Torah for the morning. And have located at least a couple of members who will be able to help with the reading.
Obviously, I did not knit, spin or have any sanity time today.