This week, we have witnessed the chain-link fence around the congregation come down! We are not simply taking it down because it’s old or ugly. We are taking the fence down as we build up our relationships and partnerships within the community and throughout Philadelphia!
Jewish law teaches the one stipulation for a sanctuary design is the inclusion of windows. Our prayers ought to be informed by what happens in the streets, and how we behave in the street ought to be inspired by our words of prayer. Our parking lot, our entire property, too, ought to be open to the sidewalks and streets of our neighborhood. May the fences of our property and the fences in our lives continue to come down.