Keeping Connected with our President
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.
May 2021 Keeping Connected
Happy Spring!! It’s nice to finally have some nicer weather and also some new hope for the upcoming year. As you can imagine, we have been discussing what’s next for Congregation Shalom. We will be taking things one step at a time and not rushing into anything as far as the re-opening of the building. The Phased Reopening Committee is meeting more frequently now in order to keep up with the latest metrics and building use for current life cycle events. Our building is in good shape as far as being a safe place due to the updates we made throughout this past year (e.g., changing HVAC filters, purchasing of indoor air purifiers, etc.).
Similar to many of you, I am ready to see my friends at Congregation Shalom (and not on Zoom). It is time for that to happen in a safe way. I am working with Staci Landress and Tina Kempner to plan an outdoor event where we can safely congregate, see each other, and re-connect. More
March 2021 Keeping Connected
It is important to me to keep everyone informed of what is going on at our synagogue, especially when we cannot be there together. I have a couple of items that we are currently working on and I would be open to your input on these.
First, each year, our temple has a leadership retreat, typically where the board of trustees and committee chairs go off-site for a day and spend some time exploring 1-2 topics that are typically strategic in nature and topics we do not usually have enough time to delve into at our board meetings. We have not yet had the leadership retreat this year but we are going to try and do a remote version in the near future. One topic we may delve into is how things have worked for us this past year in this time of COVID; what do we think worked well, what did not work well, are there things we want to keep the same in the future. As we start to think about re-opening our building and maybe getting back to “normal”, I would love to hear any thoughts you have. More
February 2021 Keeping Connected
I am writing this article after just completing the Grade 3 press conference, where Rich Laider’s Grade 3 students were allowed to ask questions of myself, Rabbi Perry, and Deborah Morrissey. They were an inspiring group and had some great questions like, “What does the President do”?, “Who pays the bills?”, “How long has the temple been around?”, “Who built the temple?”, and one of my favorites, “How do you survive dropping the Torah and not eating for 40 days?” It’s nice that our young kids are pondering on such thoughtful questions. For the answer to the last one, you will have to reach out to Rabbi Perry…
So, there are two important announcements in this month’s Keeping Connected. It is that time of year when we start thinking of who our Congregant(s) of the Year may be. The board cannot make this selection alone and we need you also to provide suggestions. So, if you would like to nominate someone, please privately send a write-up to myself or anyone on the board on who and why this person should receive the award. Think about those important traits and behaviors that are important in this recognition: commitment, selflessness, volunteerism, dedication, duration of time committed, magnitude, impact on the congregation, and creativity. Please get your write-ups in by mid-March.More