Keeping Connected with our President
April 2020 Keeping Connected
Last month when I was writing my column, I never expected such a big change in the world in just one month. I hope you are adjusting to the new normal; I hope this will be over in a relatively quick period of time; and I certainly hope we all stay well. Rabbi Perry has been working so diligently to find ways to keep us connected, albeit virtually. In just a short time, we have been able to virtually attend Shabbat services, a Havdalah service, Torah study, and Adult Hebrew classes. Our kids, including our teens, are able to stay connected to our community with on-line learning, Rabbi Perry is bringing story time to all of us (young and old), and parents of our school-age children will soon be able to “hang out” on Sundays mornings. Board and committee meetings are still happening; we are already planning for FY21 and getting the budget ready for Annual Meeting. I suggest we do not stop conducting temple business and we continue to hold our committee virtual meetings; it is still a way of connecting and is actually a good distraction. I have even had some virtual “coffee” dates with some of my friends. Maybe it is time to make these “happy hours”.
If you are looking for good TV programs, here are some of my current favorites.
- Shtisel (Netflix)
- Anne with an E (Netflix)
- Better Things (FX)
- The Crown (Netflix)
- Grace and Frankie (Netflix)
- Offspring (Netflix)
- Srugim (Amazon)
It is important we stay connected in whatever way we can and help each other get through this crisis. Please let me know if you have any ideas or if you need to chat.
Please stay well.
Keeping Connected March 2020
Well, we are almost through the winter. Fingers crossed for an easy finale to winter. Wanted to let you know that we are making progress on our kitchen updates.
- To date, we have raised about $4800 toward this project.
- About 3 weeks ago, a group of members came in on a Thursday morning and cleaned our attic space and kitchen of unnecessary items, most of which we were able to dispose of. A special thank you to Larry Cohen, Mitch Hyatt, Gerry Miller, Sandy Moore, Joanna Myers, Judy & Scott Reiter, Laura Rodman, and Bob & Pat Schneider for your time!
Keeping Connected February 2020
It’s been a while since I have discussed security. You heard a lot about it at the beginning of this year, around the high holidays. I want everyone to be aware that we are still actively working on ensuring the safety of our community and that it did not end at the high holidays. Two significant activities that are in process are as follows:
- We have established a procedure for Security Greeters for our Shabbat services on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings. This procedure has been approved by the board and the security committee is now hosting 2 training sessions on these procedures, on February 2 from 1-2 pm and on March 12 from 7-8 pm. I hope you will consider attending one of these sessions. It is truly important that we all understand the balance between being welcoming and ensuring a safe community. More
Keeping Connected January 2020
I want to thank everyone who contributed to our kitchen update project over the last month. So far, we have raised about $2500. There will be more opportunities to contribute through the new year as well. I am really excited about the possibility of obtaining new appliances and improving the overall usability of our kitchen. There are so many people who will benefit from this, including our school, Shalomites, Sisterhood, Brotherhood, and those members who rent our building for celebrations of life cycle events.
In addition to the kitchen, we are looking to improve the look of the sanctuary and social hall. We are in the process of obtaining quotes for painting and new carpeting. We will be working closely with the House Committee, Beautification Committee, and Mishkan Advisory Group to ensure our sanctuary is maintained as a sacred space with these changes.
At the beginning of February, we are going to dedicate an afternoon to deep cleaning the kitchen. We are in the process of selecting a date for this. If you are interested in helping, please let me know.
I want our building to be a place we are proud to be a part of and although our community provides me (and I am sure you as well) with the highest level of satisfaction, our building does need some cosmetic improvements. It will not all happen at once but I truly hope we can find a way to start the process.
I want to wish you a Happy New Year and lots of health & happiness in 2020!
Keeping Connected December 2019
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend and hope you were able to spend some quality time with family and friends. By now, you have received the letter for our Annual Campaign. As you saw, we are looking to improve the quality of our kitchen. This is a long overdue project and very much a necessity. Our appliances are old and not energy-efficient. We need a dishwasher and we need to think about the layout of our kitchen and how we can make it more functional. Although this project is going to require funds, the intent of the project is to provide one new way we can improve our ability to bring in additional revenue to our temple. With a properly functional kitchen, members will be more apt to hold life cycle celebrations at our temple and we will may be able to rent out our kitchen to a cottage industry, such as a baker. More
Keeping Connected November 2019
I hope you all had meaningful high holidays and were able to spend some quality time with friends and family. One item that has been on my mind for quite a while has been the survey we conducted last fall. If you remember, we asked you to participate in a 2-part survey and you may have been wondering what ever happened with the data we generated. I do not want you to think that participation in this survey was wasted energy because it was not. A report has been generated which summarizes the different aspects of Congregation Shalom we delved into, including ritual, youth, our Rabbi, financial elements, youth education, adult education, leadership, our extended family personality, congregational values, volunteerism, and communication. Our goal was to check the pulse of each of these, knowing that our next steps would be to take action where needed. More