As we move into 2023, we should take a moment to reflect on all we have endured, overcome, celebrated, mourned, and gained over the past 12 months…. Both individually and as a community.
Your clergy, Board of Trustees, and administration accept and understand the changes that have occurred in all religious institutions over these past few years. However, acceptance is not submission. It is simply acknowledging the facts of a situation, then deciding what to do about it.
Growth in membership has been a board priority. A sign of a healthy, thriving community is growth in numbers. The reality is that to continue to provide the level of services that our Temple Israel community is looking for, and to ensure the future stability of our congregation, growth in numbers is necessary.
Over the past several months we’ve had over a dozen new member families become part of our Temple Israel family. When a new face enters our beautiful sanctuary, they bring a bit of hope, encouragement, and a fresh perspective. We are planning a New Member Shabbat and hope to see you there to welcome all to the Temple Israel Family. We need volunteers to help with member outreach so we can give a warm welcome to new members and help all of our members stay connected.
There are many opportunities to connect with your synagogue community in the coming months from special Shabbat’s and Midrasha events to educational opportunities and member’s life cycle occasions, all highlighted throughout this Chronicle. Also, do not overlook Temple Israel’s best-kept secret, the short yet spiritually packed Friday evening Kabbalat service, usually followed by a few sips of fellowship in the Davidowitz-Groh Minyan Room. I strongly encourage your return to in-person attendance for services and all of the events and occasions coming up at Temple Israel.
Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions, comments, or concerns. I can be reached at 570-690-5616 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I thank all members for your presence and support. With optimism and hope I look forward to 5783 and will continue to envision Temple Israel as a house of worship built on the pillars of faith, education, dialogue, and service. See you in Shul.