June 2018 Newsletter Article
Each year at this time, the president has the honor of announcing who has been named Congregation Shalom’s Congregant of the Year. I am pleased to say that this year Lynne Rothstein is being honored as our Congregant of the Year in recognition of her long history of making volunteerism to our community a central part of her life. She is a person who has made significant contributions to the well-being of our community over many years. A list cannot really articulate the level of passion, love, and commitment she has made in our congregation. She is a past President of Congregation Shalom and has continued to be an all-around “go to” person.
After serving on the Board of Trustees for many years, Lynne served as President while Rabbi Perry was on her first sabbatical, which made her presidency especially challenging. During that time she spearheaded many initiatives to enhance the beauty of our building and to make it a more welcoming place. She has been a lay leader of Shabbat services in Rabbi Perry’s absence and is the leader of the Afternoon Meditation session during the High Holidays. She is co-leader and creator of the Spirituality group. She is now chair of the Ritual Committee, after many years as a member of it. She is a program leader for annual Sisterhood Retreats, has been a teacher for many years, is a member of the Social Justice/Action committee, and was even a singer with Shpiel at one point. The list goes on, but you get the point.
Lynne is a warm, welcoming, passionate, energetic supporter of our community. She always displays kindness, enthusiasm, passion, and insight. We have all benefitted because of her involvement and love of the congregation. Thank you, Lynne, from a grateful community.