Keeping Connected with our President
April 2022 Keeping Connected
I will get right to it. We need volunteers… I know you probably hear this a lot but for us to be a successful organization, we rely on our members to step up and help. We have limited staff and volunteers are needed so we can maintain our programming, our building, and our connectivity; we all need to participate and help out. My article this month will focus on some of our current needs for volunteers, with most of them being short-term commitments. If you see something that resonates with you, PLEASE let me know.
- Capital Projects Committees: We are in the process of establishing two separate committees for two very specific and very important capital projects. Each of these committees will have a few meetings to discuss and research the needs, develop a Request for Proposal (RFP), possibly meet with contractors (although the entire committee would not have to be part of this), evaluate bids, and bring a recommendation to the Board of Trustees. If you are interested in assisting with either or both of the following short-term committees, please let me know.
-Painting & CarpetingMore
March 2022 Keeping Connected
Well, it is March and the temple is opening up, reducing COVID restrictions, and dare I say “getting back to normal.” I surely hope so and I am also hopeful I will start to see more temple members and more activity happening in our congregational home.
Recently, I sent out an e-mail about the idea of Congregation Shalom selling our current land/building and moving to a new space, somewhere that would still be accessible to the current Congregation Shalom demographics. As I stated, before we start making more large capital investments in our current building, we want to do our due diligence and see if a move is even feasible or practical. I promised to keep you informed as the process has begun.
Well, the process has begun, we have a diverse committee led by Stephen Rodman. We had our first meeting and I want to pass along a few pieces of information.More
February 2022 Keeping Connected
We are through January, and COVID numbers are dropping. I’m looking forward to possibly resuming some sort of normalcy. This month I want to talk about security.
Although we have invested quite a bit in security over the last two years, recent events in Colleyville, Texas made us once again re-think about our security system and processes we have in place.
In the week following the event, many of us on the security committee attended various webinars offered by URJ, ADL, SCN, and other organizations, pretty much summarizing what happened, who was involved, and who assisted, and providing some basics that we need to have in place. Our security committee also held a meeting two days following the event. Although we have done quite a bit in upgrading our security system over the past year or so, there is more that we need to do.
One of the biggest lessons learned we heard about from the Texas event was that the rabbi and some of the congregants had hands-on, in-person practice in these types of scenarios, role-playing, and they practiced different types of drills. My impression is that Rabbi Charlie believes this really and truly helped and was one of the #1 reasons they survived. He knew to immediately try and distract and talk to this person, to subtly move toward the exit, he knew to move chairs in front of them, and many other tactics.
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