A message from Men's Club President...Martin Solway
There are no planned events this month
President: Martin Solway
Exec VP: Larry Buff
Admin VP Norbert Rosenblum
Treasurer: Gary Huniu
Recording Sec: Ron Gross
Parliamentarian: Jim Levy
Board Members: Alan Meyers
Board Meetings are usually held on the 2nd Thursday of the month. All Men’s Club Members are invited.
THE MAJESTY OF THE TBE CHAPEL
One Shabbos morning service, I looked around the room, and was impressed with the orderliness and completeness of the objects in the room. My mind began to reflect on the similarities between the construction phase of our renovated chapel and the construction of the Mishkan (Tabernacle). Of course it is forbidden in our religion to make any replica of the Mishkan. What I am referring to is the building process. I remember one Shabbos morning, the Torah portion was in the book of Exodus regarding the building of the Mishkan, according to the instructions given to Moses in the mount. I turned to Rabbi Kieffer on the Bimah and told him I was so amazed at the depth of the details. He replied to me, the reasoning of our Lord was to insure there were no misunderstandings or misinterpretations of the instructions. Indulge me, and I will further explain.
The unique design and craftsmanship of our Ark, which is a centerpiece that projects strength is akin to the Ark in the Mishkan. The two Menorahs on each side of the Ark give forth a bright light, as did the lamps in the candlestick in the Mishkan. The brilliance of the Ner Tamid is a symbol of continual light. The framed tapestries and portrait pictures of Succoth and Shavuot are similar in artistry to the hangings in the court in the Mishkan. The curved arch support in the chapel can be likened to the middle bar, which extended from one end to the other end in the Mishkan. The Yahrzeit memorial electronic board and the Plexiglas plaques for the donors to our TBE Torah and the tribe imprints on the ark are carefully placed as the items on the table and other furniture in the Mishkan. The rays of filtered sunlight that pass through the prism of our stained glass windows, adds to a warm glow and feeling of comfort in the room. Finally, the contrast of the hue of the darker beige color on the east wall, and the lighter beige color on the north wall is a clever use of coloration technique.
The collaboration of the painters and electricians and other craftsmen provided by the church, our architect and interior designer, alongside the dedication and commitment of our Chapel Committee are in line with the skillful workmen that built the Mishkan.
How fortunate we are as congregants to bask in the warmth of our chapel every Shabbos morning.