Rosh Hashanah 5781
Every morning during the month of Elul leading up to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur we hear the sound of the shofar. To me it means to awaken from our summer slumber and the easy times of summer: sitting around the pool, hiking in the great outdoors, playing golf and disc golf, and kayaking on all the wonderful waterways I visit during the year. What a wonderful year it has been — and what a horrible year it has been, with Covid 19 affecting many people we know and taking many lives. May all of us stay healthy and to those lost during this year we pray for you and your families. The Israelite has continued to work from day one of the pandemic and I am happy to report that we are all healthy and happy. I don’t know if anyone here at the paper has gotten Covid-19 but we have continued to get out a paper weekly and to deliver the news through our website through this difficult year. For all this we, the employees and staff of The American Israelite, have you, our readers, to thank, so Thank You.
On that note I want to express to all the employees, writers, photographers, contributors, office personnel, and everyone involved with the paper a big thank you on a job well done. We rock this city and we all do a great job. Thank you to all of the staff of The American Israelite.
I like to think of this letter to you, our readers, as my annual state of the city address — a taking into account of the American Israelite and how we seek and work for positive change on a daily basis, and then in turn on a monthly and yearly basis. Being on the front lines is a gift and we here at the paper take it very seriously.
At this time of year we say goodbye to people that have passed on this past year, and a hearty goodbye to some of the Israelite columnists who will no longer be writing for the paper. We thank them for their service and we wish them well and godspeed in all their endeavors whatever they may be. We have some new features planned for this year and we plan on unveiling our new ideas in the months to come.
I also want to take this opportunity to express my deepest apologies for anything that may have offended anyone this past year that was in the paper or on our website or podcast. If we or I personally have offended you by covering a story or in not covering a story, we apologize. If our behavior or anything we have done has offended you, please forgive us and me. Please let us know how we are doing and if you want me to talk with you personally, I would be happy to talk and correct anything and start this new year on a new footing.
I always choose a few words to focus on the coming year. My words for 5781 are the following — Covid-19 and the ending of this great pandemic and getting back to normal for us all and that we take this time to memorialize and dignify all those that have been lost in this pandemic. My other word is Podcast. Julie Brook and I have made great strides in bringing you, our listeners, a quality product; we really do enjoy hosting the show and bringing to life all the latest news stories that we cover locally, regionally, national and internationally every week. Please tune in and let us know what you think. We encourage and feed off your suggestions, which help us improve.
Many of you have on your wall a Beeco Monuments Calendar, and, if you don’t know by now, Beeco Monuments has ceased operating and The American Israelite has taken over this calendar. We have printed a limited number of them, and if you are in need of a Jewish calendar, contact us. We do have to charge for shipping and handling but I think you will find, as I do, that they are indispensable. They will be distributed to paid subscribers first and then to the general public as long as the supply allows.
These apologies for offenses known and unknown extend also to my beloved wife Stephanie and my lovely and talented daughter Rachel, as well as my sincere thanks for putting up with me. I love you, and wish for you everything good in the year 5781.
Thank you to our readers, listeners, advertisers and supporters; without you, none of this would be possible or have meaning. We thrive off your support and it keeps us going each and every day. To all we wish you a great and healthy and happy new year, and one filled with success and much nachas.
Happy New Year to all,
Netanel “Ted” Deutsch
Editor in Chief-Publisher