Thursday, March 12, 2009

Hello to Wantagh!

Shalom, all!

Those of you who aren't from New York are probably asking, "Who/What is Wantagh?" Well, it is a lovely community on the South Shore of Long Island. It is known as the gateway to Jones Beach (quite a fun beach, with a fabulous concert pavilion - that's where I saw the True Colors Concert Tour last year).

It is also the site of my NEW JOB!!!

Yes, my friends, I will soon have a new position. I will be in NYC at my current congregation until the end of June, then I will be becoming the rabbi of a warm, welcoming community in Wantagh. As we get closer to July 1, I will share with you more about the transition, my excitement, the bittersweet nature of leaving my current congregation, and all of the rest.

This is the major reason that I haven't been posting much lately, but I couldn't tell you about it just yet. I have been heavily involved in interviews since November/December, and I really wasn't sure where in the country I would wind up. I was primarily focusing my job search in the Chicago and the NY areas, though I interviewed in many other locations just to spread a wide net.

And, for some reason, a divine hand is keeping me here in New York. I have felt such an incredible sense of homecoming with this new congregation. It already seems like it is a match made in heaven (literally!!).

(I also learned that a number of my new congregants have been reading my blog - so, hello to you!! Leave a comment and let me know that you stopped by!)


Lindsay said...

Yay for ch-ch-ch-ch-changes! (is that how many "ch's" there are?!)

Yay for Wantagh!

Yay for Marci!

Phyllis Sommer said...

mazel tov:-) happy wantaghing (is that a verb?)

Valerie said...

OMG! Wantagh is just next door to where my parents live and where I grew up! I am near there constantly! I'm so proud of you for the new job and know you'll be fabulous. Welcome to Long Island! Which congregation is it? (I can't wait to come to a Shabbat service next time I'm home!)

RockandrollBride said...

Mazel Tov! So glad to hear you won't be leaving the New York area :-)

Michelle Strauss said...

Welcome to our temple!!

MJP said...

Congrats, Marce! I'm so excited for you!!!

zilla said...

Long Island!

I love Long Island!

Wave to Southampton for me when you drive by, okay?

Mazel Tov!!

Carl said...

Welcome to TBT!!! It was such a pleasure to meet you Wednesday night. You are just the breath of fresh air that we need!!

Really looking forward to our future with you as our spiritual guide!!

dorene said...

Welcome to our Temple! A pleasure to meet you Wednesday night - I have a feeling this is the start of something wonderful for all of us.

A blessing on our heads -Mazel Tov, Mavel Tov!