I don’t usually get writer’s block, but this particular blog post has not come easily. For a few weeks, I’ve know I’d have to write this, but despite prolonged contemplation, beautiful phrases have not come to me.

Sometimes you just have to sit down and write.

It is my bittersweet task to let you know that I have accepted another job offer and will begin work at Jewish Family & Children’s Service on Monday, September 15. In this month of Elul, traditionally a time of evaluation and soul-searching, I have found that while I love my work at Ohabei Shalom, there are significant logistical challenges to squeezing full-time work into part-time hours at a job located in the opposite direction from my sons’ school. At JF&CS, I will have the opportunity to support several essential programs, including Family Table (kosher food pantry), Bet Tzedek (pro bono legal support), and Journey to Safety (domestic violence response), while receiving mentoring in non-profit management. All this just a stone’s throw from the kids’ school.

The satisfaction of contributing to these vital efforts and the improved work-life balance will not take away my sadness at leaving Ohabei Shalom. During my time at TOS, I have had the opportunity to get to know many of you, hearing your stories through encounters at playground playdates, Shalom @ Home house meetings, Jewish Journey discussions, as well as conversations at Shabbat dinners, onegs, and parent coffees. You have welcomed me into your homes and your lives, and I will always cherish the connections we’ve made together.

As I go, I take with me deep gratitude for my colleagues here, who gave me my first grown-up job, and enormous affection for the many congregants I have come to know in the last fourteen months. I will miss you and invite you to keep in touch.

My last day of work here will be Friday, September 12, and I will be at Shabbat B’yachad to say goodbye. But the Jewish world is small and close-knit. So let’s not say goodbye, just shalom, l’hitraot.