Puttin’ On Shabbat – Shalom Rav / Blue Skies
From the desk of Rabbi David Lyon
Congregation Beth Israel hosted the Mensch Foundation as we honored President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush in our sanctuary. Please click the links to watch the program from March 8, 2017.
Given by Steven Geiger, Founder and head of Mensch Foundation International, the word “mensch” has reached new levels of meaning and popularity. President and Mrs. Bush were moved by the gesture and the significance of the world’s recognition of their lifetime of service. Neil Bush, son of the President and Mrs. Bush, spoke passionately and emotionally about the role his parents have played to secure the well-being of all people through commitments to literacy, equality, and humanity.
Reverend Dr. Russell Levenson, of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, Houston, their reverend and my friend, shared the occasion with us. As he noted, our Abrahamic faith traditions do best when we identify God’s blessings in each other, and especially in our nation’s leaders, President and Mrs. Bush, for the good they have bestowed on us all.
Before President and Mrs. Bush left for home, I had the privilege of blessing them on the bimah, asking God’s presence to guide them and protect them, to be gracious to them, and to grant to them good health and peace.