Showed up to the temple on Sunday morning. No religious school, no meetings, no one else but those who were meeting me for our meeting. I pull into my spot and noticed, MY SIGN WAS GONE! Hello! It was clearly marked, “Reserved Rabbi.” Who would want a Rabbi sign?
Do you have any idea how long it took me to get my Reserved Rabbi sign?
11 years ago, after the shooting at the JCC in LA, the board decided that it would be best if we removed the titles of all those who have reserved parking spots. We all complied, but what did this mean? Anyone could assume that “reserved” meant reserved for them!
For 11 years, I would show up for events at the temple with great turn outs and there would be no space for me to park. And yes, sometimes I would double park behind the person who was in my spot
My favorite were those who would park in my spot and the only event going on at the temple was an Introduction to Judaism class. Sorry folks, but you have some work to do before you get my Rabbi spot.
A little over a year ago, I asked Elias to finally put my title back on the sign. His response, ‘but what about the security concern.’
My answer, ‘If someone really wants to target my car, they’re going to know which car is mine! Put the “Rabbi” back on!’
I’ve had my spot and now, someone took it!
Monday morning, the fabulous Jill started scouring the video records from the weekend and guess what…we caught him!
Turns out that it was two college looking kids. One walked around the campus looking for an open door to make sure that no one was there. Then, when he knew it was all clear, he took the sign off the post and climbed into his friend’s black SUV. The conversation inside must have gone like this:
“hey, get the post dude!”
The two climbed out of the car, got the post and put it in the back of the car. BTW, they wrapped the dirty bottom in a blanket to make sure they didn’t get any mud in the car!
The crazy thing, they did this all at 5:30 in the afternoon, bright day light!
My sign is probably hanging in some kid’s dorm room. Don’t know that it’s going to get him any good parking spots, but maybe it will get him the girl.
As for my spot – it’s still bare and I’m just waiting to show up for the next big event at the temple tonight and find that I don’t have a place to park. If you’re in my spot when I get there, don’t be surprised if you go out to your car and find you can’t leave because I’m parked behind you. Just let me know when you’re ready to leave.