May I stand filled with yirah (awe so powerful it has me momentarily silenced) as Yom Kippur’s final shofar sounds, just as my ancestors did at Mount Sinai. Yet, may the silence and stillness be momentary; may the sight of the ram’s horn not shock me into a silence so powerful that, like my ancestor Abraham, I find myself stunned into silence forever.
As I look to the year ahead and plan how I will live in this shemitah year, may I may I gain the strength to remember what is important and when I can “Let It Go.”
May my good intentions become actions; may the best of me shine through, and may I take more steps forward to make a positive difference in this world.
Wishing those who read this a year filled with meaning. I hope that, when you reflect back upon 5775 next Yom Kippur, you will find you enriched others and spent your time, energy, and resources wisely.
G’mar Hatimah Tovah
Prior to her position with the Grinspoon Foundation, Iris served as a synagogue educator in Syracuse NY, the Central New York PJ Library Program Coordinator and as a national consultant for PJ Library.
Iris holds a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education, a master’s degree in Special Education and Reading, and Advanced Certification in School Leadership and Administration. Her experience as a secular educator and educational leader in congregational and community settings spans over 20 years. She is also a lay leader in Jewish organizations on the local and national levels. Iris served as the President of CAJE – the Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education, which was the largest member organization for Jewish educators in the country.