We may not know each other as well as we should, but we are all neighbors when live in a community together.
We have different opinions. We come from varying backgrounds. We have our own stories about who we are and from whence we came.
No matter what makes us different, our desire to learn and to grow can lead us to broaden our horizons and even find common ground.
Cultural events and festivals create opportunities for us to engage on a path of discovery that can turn the unknown and unfamiliar into a part of our experience that we might even want to revisit again...and again.
There is a blessing that is part of my faith that praises God as a "gracious giver of knowledge." Learning by itself is important, but these chances that we have around us to get to know each other are gifts that we can receive with gratitude and even joy.
The Jewish Food and Folk Festival in Las Cruces, planned by members of Temple Beth-El, where I have had the honor to serve over the last several years, will be held at the Temple this coming Sunday, April 26 at 11am-3pm. This is but one such event that brings people together to socialize and to taste and experience aspects and customs of a group, or people, that have a way of telling where they have been and where their future will take them.
The sight of people from across the community gathering in our "home" last year was very special. It represents one way that we can draw closer...as neighbors.
Please join us as we take this event into its second year, and let us continue to do all we can to find new ways to create good will and unity among us.