Keeping Connected with our President
December 2021 Keeping Conneected
I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful. It was so great to be with the larger family again, like the before times. And now we are already celebrating Hanukkah!! So with that, I thought I would tell you what I would like for each night of Hanukkah and maybe you can help fulfill my wishes.
|2 Volunteers to be on the Membership Committee|
|3 Volunteers to be on a Capital Campaign Committee (more information coming soon)|
|1 Volunteer to Manage our Plots at Temple Beth El Cemetery|
|1 Volunteer to Assist with Applying for a Security Grant|
|2 Volunteers to be on the Fun Committee (planning some social events)|
|3 Volunteers to Help with a Spring Outdoor Yard Sale Fundraiser|
|2 Volunteers to Plan our Second Annual Parking Lot Party in June|
|Health and Happiness for my extended family at Congregation Shalom. Happy Hanukkah!!|
We are a healthy, thriving organization but we are constantly in need of volunteers and we need our members to step up and help! Being part of these committees is a fun way to meet people, establish new friendships, and give back to our community. I hope you will consider helping out!!
Have a great month!!
November 2021 Keeping Connected
Hi friends, At this time of year, I like to provide our members with an update on how our pledge system is working and where we are relative to our budget. We are doing great this year and are on track to meet or exceed our budgeted expectations.
Here are the statistics:
(as of 10/23/21)
|# Pledge Commitments Received||192||202|
|# Pledge Commitments Not Received (but not resigned)||11||5|
|Total $$ Committed Pledges||$336,590||$326,024|
|Total $$ Budgeted Pledges||$333,000||$323,000|
|# Pledges Equal to Sustaining #||50||51|
|# Pledges Over Sustaining #||29||32|
|% of Pledges Equal to or Over Sustaining #||41.1%||41.1%|
|# Pledges Below Sustaining #||113||119|
|# Pledges Up from Last Year||116 (62%)||41 (20%)|
|# Pledges Down from Last Year||21 (11%)||50 (25%)|
|# Pledges Same as Last Year||49 (26%)||111 (54%)|
|# New Member Families||7||7|
October 2021 Keeping Connected
Hi friends. It is nice to be back in the sanctuary this morning. And I do understand not everybody is ready to be back here but at least this year, we are able to meet everyone’s individual needs and that is really what is important, that each of you are able to be here today spiritually in a way that is comfortable for you. I’m still hopeful next year, we will all be back in the sanctuary together.
So, I wanted to focus my speech this morning on a few different words. The first word I want to discuss is community. I looked up the definition of community on-line, not that I didn’t know what it meant, but I wanted to see the official definition. Community is a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals. Now, we may not all share the same attitudes and interests, and that’s okay because we can have communities within communities for that. But one thing for sure is we share the same goal, and that is our love for Congregation Shalom and our commitment to making sure this is the best place possible for the Jewish community in our area, for the congregation, and for each other.
So, what are some examples of how we have been a community this past year? More
September 2021 Keeping Connected
This is one of my favorite times of the year when it comes to life at the temple. It truly amazes me how our community comes together to make sure our high holidays will go off without a hitch. And if you are not aware, there is a LOT going on in the background leading up to these days. So, thank you all for making the time.
As summer is sadly coming to an end, we are getting ready for life to resume at the temple. School will be starting soon, we will be together for the high holidays, and Friday night Shabbat services will be occurring on a more consistent basis at the temple. There will be virtual options for almost all of our happenings.More
August 2021 Keeping Connected
I hope you are all enjoying your summer and able to find some time for relaxing. As you know, we are preparing for the high holidays, which are “early” this year. It always amazes me how many committees and volunteers need to come together to make the high holidays happen and all of these committees are currently working hard, including the Phased Reopening Committee, the Security Committee, a special high holidays technology committee, and of course, Rabbi Perry. I know this year will look different from last year and different from the “before times”. We are hearing varying degrees of comfort level from our members and we are taking it all into account as we plan. We know that we will not be able to meet everyone’s needs or wants but I can guarantee you we will do the best we can while keeping the safety of our community as the #1 priority, from both a health and security perspective.
If you have not already, please do not forget to send in your pledge form. It is really important that we have an understanding in August of who is retaining their membership in the congregation and what the pledge amount is so we can make sure we are on track for the year. It only takes a minute to complete the form so please make sure to complete it and return it to Bonnie by August 4.
Please continue to enjoy your summer. Let’s hope for less rain in August, and I hope to see you soon. Please reach out at any time if you have any concerns.
JUNE 2021 KEEPING CONNECTED
Well, it is June, summer is coming, the numbers are down, the temple is slowly re-opening, Annual Meeting is in another week, and our reunion is in a few more weeks, all good things.
This month, I have the privilege of announcing our Congregant of the Year, Stephen Rodman. I do not necessarily know where to begin, but I can tell you that Stephen is one of the most selfless, humble, patient, and kindest people I have encountered. We all know that Stephen dedicated four years of his life as our temple president, he has since continued to be a mentor for the presidents that followed, and he continues to be an important resource for our lay and professional leadership team. I hope you will be able to attend our reunion on June 19 where we will highlight the many contributions provided by Stephen through the years.
As you saw in my recent e-mail, we are beginning to re-open our temple building. On June 25, we will be having our first in-person Shabbat service. I think it will feel almost surreal to be back in the sanctuary and I am looking forward to that feeling…I certainly hope you can attend.
I’m looking forward to catching up with many of you on June 19 at our reunion. There will be details coming soon on the food…
Please stay well.