Shalom CHUSY! How are you?
My name is Marc Luban, and this year I will be serving as the Regional Religion Education Vice President of the 2018-2019 year! I am so incredibly excited to be working with all of my friends and peers this year. I can already tell that this year will be amazing.
A tad about me: I live in the city and am a proud member of CHUSY’s outstanding city chapter, SHMUSY! I am a student at Rochelle Zell Jewish High School. I love playing instruments and singing songs, and I love writing music. I love to play sports and read and pretty much try anything under the sun. I love davening, especially Shabbat Shacharit, my favorite service (don’t tell the others I said that!).
That said and done, let’s move on to the heart of the matter. Why is it that so many people are leaving the spiritual life and moving on to technology? How come no one enjoys praying anymore? What are we doing that makes people turn away?
Unfortunately, USY is losing members. Why? The fact is, many people dislike how USY prays. Whether that be how often or what we are doing, people keep turning away from the incredible USY experience. That will change. Together, we will implement new ways to pray. We will rethink how prayer plays a role in Judaism today, and we will work on understanding the difference between prayer and t’fillah.
None of these ideas are easy to accomplish. In fact, scholars have been trying to comprehend these complex ideas for centuries. But I know that we can. We can understands the importance of prayer, and be able to see how it fits into our daily lives.
But that is just the Rel part of RelEd. This year, we will also learn about where we fit into the larger Jewish context. We will learn about how the traditions of our ancestors play into Jewish culture today, and how it has been adapted throughout the centuries to fit modern needs. Together, we will explore what it means to live Jewishly, and how you can take the messages Judaism teaches into everyday life, making the mundane extraordinary and holy.
I can not wait for the amazing year ahead of us. May each day we have together be a blessing unto the likes of Shabbat.
And on that note, Shabbat shalom
CHUSY Regional Religion Education Vice President