Hillel teaches us, "Do not separate yourself from the community."
After the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in the year 70 CE, our Rabbis understood that only one thing and one thing alone would allow Judaism to survive. That one thing was not anything physical like a building or an ark. It was community.
It was the establishment of groups of people, no matter where they were from, that gathered together because of their shared values, beliefs and interests. Together they formed kehilot kedushot, sacred communities, where they worshipped, learned, socialized and lived Jewish lives together, building upon the work that their ancestors established for them.
At Shomrei Torah Synagogue we celebrate community, both internally and externally. We learn from diverse populations within our own synagogue and we learn from our neighbors of other faiths. We dance, sing, cry, laugh, play, study and learn together. We celebrate Shabbat and holidays around different themes and we enjoy special community days. We perform social action in our own home and we support the State of Israel through education and action. Most importantly, we are not be alone. We are STS...and STS is part of us.
Rabban Gamliel, son of Rabbi Yehuda Hanasi taught, "All who serve on behalf of the community should do so for heaven's sake. Their work will prosper because the inherited merit of our ancestors endures forever."