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Chizuk Amuno Congregation


We welcome you and your family to continue to learn and pray with us each day in ways that we
believe will elevate your search for meaning and deepen your faith.

We also invite you to keep in touch, reach out to us in times of need, and stay informed as
we explore together the challenges and responses to COVID-19 through a Jewish lens.

Although our campus is temporarily closed, our community and all that we are able to
offer at this time remain available and open to you in new and exciting ways. Some of our current offerings are listed below.
May we all enjoy in peace, community, and good health!

What I’m Not Praying for in 5775

What do I pray for in the New Year? It would be easier to answer the opposite question – what don’t I pray for in the New Year?

I don’t pray for an exciting life where everything changes in an instant. I pray for the quiet pleasures of regularity and routine.

I don’t pray for miraculous physical changes. I pray for plain old good health.

I don’t pray that my kids be the top of their class or state champions. I pray for a good, positive school year where they learn and grow in accordance with their abilities.

I don’t pray for a million dollars or to win the lottery. I pray for the means to support my family with integrity and support my community and my people.

I don’t pray for the nicest house on the block. I pray for a year in which I don’t see the police, fire department or ambulance at my home.

I don’t pray for more hours in the day or another day in the week. I pray that I learn to make the best choices with the hours and days that I have.

I don’t pray for constant awareness of God’s presence in my life. I pray for moments and experiences in which I swept up in the mysterium tremendum of life.

I don’t pray for a clean slate. I pray for a slate filled with the chalk dust of earned errors.

I don’t pray for forgiveness. I pray for the strength to request forgiveness on my own and the strength to make the necessary repairs to relationships.

I don’t pray for goodness. I pray that I be good, that my children be good.

I don’t pray for a year free of disappointment. I pray that when disappointment arrives that stability and comfort arrive as well.

I don’t pray for a year without temptation. I pray for courage and will and knowledge of the correct choice.

I don’t pray for peace. I pray that I will work for peace, that I will make small changes to live in peace.

I don’t pray for the future. I pray that there is a future – for the congregation, the Jewish people, for Israel for all of us.

This New Year I pray for me, I pray for you; I pray that I might pray and let the words of my mouth the meditations of my heart be acceptable to God, my Rock and my Redeemer.