As the seasons change it’s a good time to bring readers up-to-date with a faith report. These have been challenging times for all but for Leadville’s faithful this summer has seen great chapters of ebbing and flowing for all houses of worship. From outside services to final good-byes which have all looked a bit different through the lens of COVID-19, Lake County has always been unsinkable when seeing the glass as half full.
To that end, Leadville Today brings you some uplifting news about this Saturday’s Service at Temple Israel Synagogue as well as a You Tube video from Pastor Jason Horning of Cornerstone Church in Leadville.
Second day Rosh Hashanah services, including Torah reading and shofar (ram’s horn) blowing, will be held at the historic Temple Israel in Leadville for the first time in close to 100 years. Rabbi Kevin Hale of
Massachusetts will lead services on Sunday morning, September 20th at 10AM. His wife, Ruth Hale, will assist with the Torah reading. Ruth actually has a family connection to this Torah.
Parts of the services, including shofar blowing, will be held outdoors, so a jacket or sweater will be needed. Taschlih (English: to cast off, as in symbolically casting off sins) will follow services. We will walk to a nearby creek for this brief event. Those participating are reminded to bring a small bag of bread
pieces or crumbs to toss into the water for this annual ritual.
There is no charge to attend, and casual dress is fine, however masks must be worn at all times while indoors, and RSVP is mandatory, as capacity limits are in effect. Attendees should bring their own tallit
(ritual prayer shawl), if they choose to wear one.
Free on-street parking on 4th or Pine. More information/maps/directions: www.jewishleadville.org or Bill Korn, Temple Israel Foundation President, 303-709-7050.
Another house of faith that has renewed its in-person services is Cornerstone Church, a rural church community with campuses and services in Leadville, Buena Vista, Salida and Summit County. For more information, readers may visit their website.
Leadville Today did want to share this YouTube video from Pastor Jason Horning who shares a message of hope by telling a story about a recent search and rescue mission he went on as a member of the Lake County crew. The video was filmed in the historic evergreen Cemtery in Leadville