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A LETTER FROM RABBI BAUMAN
June 20, 2019
Dear Touro Synagogue Family,
It is with profound joy and excitement that I write this informal greeting to you in anticipation of July 1, my first day as your new rabbi. My family and I have moved to New Orleans and are working hard and happily to get settled in our new home and learn our new neighborhood. As I write this letter, my older children are preparing to return to Jacobs Camp for another wonderful summer, my toddler is eagerly awaiting his 3rd birthday this week, and my husband and I are unpacking boxes, scoping out the library and the JCC, basking in the beauty of the park, and reconnecting with family and old friends whom we are so happy to be near at last. We have all been cared for so lovingly by the Touro Synagogue Welcoming Committee, and our gratitude is immense.
I know from being connected to Touro online and through staff and friends that the end of the school year was, as is often the case, a moving, powerful, and busy few weeks, made all the more so by the heartfelt farewells exchanged with Rabbi Berk, who is dear to me as she is to so many of you. This moment of transition is filled with emotion, and I want you to know that I know and honor that. I feel humbled to follow in the footsteps of such a strong leader as my friend and teacher Alexis, and I am grateful for the way you have already begun to welcome me. I am so looking forward to building a relationship with you and your families in an organic way.
I will continue to be in communication with the fantastic Touro Synagogue staff and when July comes, I will begin my orientation period, learning from their wisdom as well as from our outstanding lay leadership, about our congregation and the programs and initiatives that will bring us together in the coming year. My hope is that throughout the remainder of the summer, I will have the chance to have coffees, lunches, walks and other connections with you. Please do reach out to me if you would like to get together in any capacity, and I will also be reaching out to you directly to initiate such meetings.
My prayer is that, wherever you are, you are having a healthy and rejuvenating summer. As for me, the fact that this is the summer when I join the Touro Synagogue team and become the Senior Rabbi of a place that has meant so much to me for so long, well… there just aren’t enough words for happy and grateful to convey the depth of my feelings. Needless to say, I’m pumped!
With warmest wishes and highest hopes,
Rabbi Katie Bauman
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With historic roots and a progressive heart, Touro Synagogue is a community that is filled with beautiful contradictions – a grand, historic sanctuary and an intimate, embracing chapel; an active group of knowledgeable sages and a vibrant young adult community; a love of enduring Jewish traditions and a drive for spiritual innovation and forward motion; a commitment to the inner life of our congregational family and a constant energetic force that engages with the renewal of greater New Orleans. Please join us as we work together, making Touro Synagogue a place of transformational prayer, expansive thought, fearless engagement, and love.
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