January 2016 Doug Kasten
I started my Jewish learning at an Orthodox Synagogue learning Hebrew when I was ten years old. When a Reform emple opened three blocks from my home, we became Reform Jews. I have been a Reform Jew ever since.
My wife, Lee, and I never had children so we never experienced teaching a child about Judaism and the Jewish rituals as they went through life. Shortly after marriage in 1976, we joined a Reform Temple in Wayne, New Jersey and have been members of a Reform Temple ever since. However, we were never active members and, other than attending High Holiday services, we did not attend services on a regular basis. When we joined Temple Israel in 2003, we began attending Friday night services once a month, usually on the third Friday, which is the Friday Night Live musical service. I always enjoy singing the blessings and the other musical aspects of the service.
While I have been the Treasurer of the Men's Club for several years and this year joined the Temple Board as a Trustee, I felt there was something missing and I wanted to do more to enjoy being a Jew.