A Scout is reverent: Temple visit 2018

In acknowledging the part of the Scout Law that says “a scout is reverent”, Troop 260 encourages its Scouts to visit the places of workship of different religions. Learning and experiencing how people of different faiths practice is essential in building understanding and trust – and avoiding fear.

A couple of weeks ago, it was time to visit the Temple Emanu-El in San Jose to attend Shabbat. Below, three Scouts provide their perspectives:

My time at the Temple of Emanu-El was an interesting experience. Although I have been there several times I always enjoy going there. The people I met are fun; there’s lots of singing, and there’s food and drinks at the end. The temple also is very scenic with a huge half dome roof the puzzles me on how tall it is every time I go there. I would definitely go there again if i had the opportunity.Enzo
The Scout Shabbat at Temple Emanu-El is a Jewish celebration where the celebrate us scouts coming to their temple. I enjoyed my time at the service. They sang songs in Hebrew and it sounded nice (although I couldn’t understand what they’re saying). After the mass, we get to have lots of good food. There is a blessing before the feast, kids have apple juice or cider and the adults have wine. Then we eat, talk and reflect on the mass and what we learned.Niko
I have been to Temple Emanu-El for the scout shabbat numerous times, and it is always good to visit. I am really open to understanding different cultures and beliefs, and my experiences there give me a new perspective to Judaism than what is on history textbooks. There’s plenty of singing in Hebrew about giving thanks and living the best life possible. The Rabbi then speaks out on a reading then applies it to today in our life. As soon as worship is over, food is served at another room. The Rabbi then proceeds to give a blessing, and we eat. And as always, the food is great. I would definitely go back to participate in next year’s scout Shabbat.Steven

Inspiration – Scout Outdoor Code

Given so much of Troop 260’s time is spent in the outdoors, we take the Scouting Outdoor Code seriously. Our State and the wider places we visit offer huge natural riches and we want to ensure that while we enjoy them, we do so responsibly and with future visitors in mind.

The Code asks us to be, amongst other things, conservation minded.

Those of us looking for inspiration of what being conservation minded can achieve, may enjoy this short film about this Texas Fried Chicken mogul turned landscape restoration pioneer.