Gmar Chatimah Tovah, a note before Yom Kippur…

September 25, 2020

Dear Beit Rabban Community,

I write this note before Yom Kippur to ask for mechilah, forgiveness, both personally and on behalf of our institution. Please forgive me and our institution for anything we have done that hurt you, this year or over the years, intentionally or unintentionally.

A community like ours, with our children at its center, is an inherently complicated and emotional one. That is especially true now when we navigate a global pandemic together as a community. Even during a "normal" year, we inevitably and regularly make mistakes, some more consequential than others, that impact the people who are most precious to you.

Over the past six months we have faced more decisions of first impression than we could have imagined, and we are more acutely aware of the stakes. We have been so appreciate of your generosity of spirit. At the same time, we know we have made decisions that seem to lenient to some and to strict to others, and that everyone has the children's best interests in mind. Thank you for being patient with our explanations and being willing to accept decisions with which you do not always agree. Still, we are sorry for causing any of you anxiety when we do make a decision that is different than what you would have decided.

Please know that we love your children and are profoundly grateful to be in their lives and part of their ongoing growth. We feel especially honored this year that you trust us with with this responsibility. We are ever committed to doing better by you this year than in past years.

Wishing all a Gmar Chatimah Tovah,