Rabbi Cosnowsky, Sabbatical January 2020

Rabbi Cosnowsky will be on sabbatical from February 4 to March 4, 2020. This will be her first sabbatical after serving our congregation for the past 14 ½ years. Please read her column for the instructions on how communication will be handled for the month she is away.

Dear Congregants,

My colleague sent out a letter describing how he will be taking his sabbatical and I thought it was a wonderful idea to explain what is going to happen while I am away on my sabbatical.

To start, the concept of sabbatical comes from the root word “sabbath” and is from Torah, meaning to rest. It is a time to renew, reflect and disengage in order to return to work recharged and refreshed. I was granted a month’s sabbatical in my contract and will have one month per year beginning in 2020. Rabbi Bob used to take the month of January for his sabbatical and found it to be a win-win proposition for himself and for the congregation. I served in his place while he recharged and came back renewed and ready to work.

To that end, I plan to nourish my body, mind and spirit during this time. I will spend some precious time with my family. I will read many of the books that are piled on my nightstand. A sabbatical provides time for me to reflect on my faith, my rabbinate, and our congregation.

In order to help me fully benefit from the sabbatical, I will not be able to be reached by text, cell phone, email or any social media. Disengaging from my devices will give me time to recharge from the day-to-day activities of the congregation. You can expect that I will return to Etz Chaim with renewed energy to perform my job. I look forward to sharing my experience with you at the conclusion of my sabbatical.

Carol Meyer will be checking my email during the sabbatical and will forward to Rabbi Kamil or archive as necessary. Rabbi Kamil, as well as our amazing professional staff, will continue to serve the congregational needs. In the event of a personal or family crisis, please call the synagogue at 630-627-3912. Please do not call my cell phone. The office staff will know how to reach Rabbi Kamil.

If you have any questions about my sabbatical, please contact Carol Meyer or our congregation president, Mike Sawyer.

Wishing you all the best as we go from strength to strength, Rabbi Cosnowsky