BENEDICTION: Congregation Meeting
Eternal God, We thank You for the blessing of Your presence and the holiness that surrounds us as join together as a community
Mikor HaHayim, watch over our Temple President Michael Robbins and those leaders of our congregation who are completing their terms on the board. Guide them as they return to careers and family, may they find satisfaction and contentment in what lays ahead for them and also in the knowledge that they have furthered our people and Torah through the good works they have done in service to our community.
Avinu Shebashamayim, Grant our new leaders and our new President Andy Keimach the wisdom to build on past achievements and the vision to lead us toward a bright future.
El Rachum v’Chanun, as we go forward from this meeting and this sacred place, bless our congregation, our going out and our safe return.
Kein Yehim Ratzon – May it be God’s will.
PROVIDENCE TARZANA HOSPITAL FOUNDATION
RABBI DAN MOSKOVITZ
Before I begin and offer words of blessing for this beautiful evening and auspicious gathering, I just have to comment on how significant it is that a rabbi is asked to give the invocation at a Gala for a Catholic hospital. I can assure you that this unique occurrence says far more about the hospital, its openness, role in the community and visionary leadership than it does about the rabbi. Any number of my rabbinic colleagues for the San Fernando Valley could stand before you tonight and bring words of blessing and praise upon the good works that Providence Tarzana Hospital does in our community. The hospital and its services are an embodiment of the Jewish value of Pikuach Nefesh, the lengths one must go to, to save the life of another and our shared spiritual and religious commitment to accessible quality heath care for our community. So by way of introduction I am honored to be asked to bring a blessing for this evening, but really it is Providence Tarzana Hospital, its phsycians, nurses, staff and patrons that bring the blessing upon all of us, the blessing of having such a high caliber and visionary hospital in our community.
Friends let us pray, Mikor HaChayim, source of all life an blessing. Spread over us the blessing of your presence on this gathering and assembly. Gathered before you in celebration and commitment are those that heal the sick and care for the injured in our community. Standing with them are patron and benefactors who through their acts of tzedakkah, through righteousness and philanthropy make it possible for this institution to embody the words of your scripture, a text Jews and Catholics share when we read, “Lo ta-amod dam al rayecha / do not stand idly by while your neighbor suffers.”
These people here, this hospital and this community have not stood idly by, rather they press forward with innovation, with advancement, with advocacy and outreach to care for all of your children. Bless them in their work, watch over them in their endeavors, support them in their visions and goals to bring r’fua sheleyma, full and complete healing of body and soul to those who walk through the doors of our community hospital. Then on that day will the words of the prophets ring true, may god bless you and keep you, causing God’s face to shine upon you and to bring you peace.
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