President’s Message

Posted on January 22, 2022
Dear Friends,

Exciting things continue to happen at Temple. I am hopeful by now that all members are aware that we are open for in-person services on Shabbat at 10:00a.m. as well as on Wednesdays and Fridays for Afternoon Minyan at 5:15p.m. While we continue to broadcast all services online, we encourage everyone to come to the synagogue and join us in person again. With the roof repaired, plaster refurbished, painting done and the bathrooms fixed, security in place and, hopefully, Covid held at bay, it is time to get back to normalcy which includes seeing each other again in person and in the synagogue. As a further update, while we still require vaccinations, masks are no longer required. I encourage everyone to sign up for email notifications- it’s the easiest way for us to get updates out, especially if there are any last-minute changes we need to communicate. Our Centennial Celebration is quickly approaching. The Centennial Celebration Committee and Chair, Joel Zitofsky, V.P. of Administration, continue to plan all the details for what will be a great event. Stay tuned for all the updates. As I get to hear what is in the works at the planning meetings, I am sure it will be an event everyone will want to attend. Also, if you have any pictures or memorabilia from the last 100 years, please get them to us as soon as possible so that they can be included in our displays and retrospective. Contact the office for details. Fundraising efforts are in full swing led by Steve Davidowitz, Centennial Fundraising Campaign Chair and V.P. of Finance. I’m happy to announce that we are in the process of transitioning to a new cloud-based membership management program, ShulCloud, that will more easily and efficiently allow us to manage financial transactions, reporting, member communication and more. There will be user-friendly apps for both our administration and members. We thank Jack Savitz, Sally Strayhall and Jane Messinger for their efforts and hard work in making all of this happen. Reminder, we do have a Technology Committee, chaired by Myer Messinger, to help members navigate our new technologies as needed. A big issue that we continue to face is a lack of available volunteers. The success of our Temple relies on volunteers. Our limited staff does a great job, but can’t do everything. If you are willing and can spare some time, please let us know. We will work with you to find a match for your interest and talents. We are in need of more ushers, especially now that we’ve resumed in-person services. Please consider volunteering even if only for a few Shabbats per year. Ann Smith, Usher Chair, manages the schedule and will share with you what you need to know. Please consider reaching out to the office to express your interest or to let us know you have time to otherwise commit to volunteering at Temple. My term as president is quickly coming to a close. What an interesting and unexpected two years… Hard to believe it has been two years already. I can’t give enough thanks to all of those who have been so helpful during my time. As our size shrinks, so does the number of core volunteers who were always there to take on any task needed. I would love to see that core group grow over the next few years. We, like many others, have faced significant challenges. On the positive side, it forced us to rethink how we do things, and we came out of the past two years with a revitalized structure and an ability to engage and reach more people with new technology. I know that Dan Messinger, current V.P. Congregational Engagement and Incoming President is committed to continue to build on our successes. I look forward to all he will accomplish in the next two years WITH YOUR HELP We are happy to announce that we will once again hold an Annual Meeting to install our new President and Board of Trustees. We are looking at early June, possibly Saturday, June 4th. With all the repairs and restoration of the building complete, and the Centennial Celebration coming up so soon after, we thought it makes more sense to hold the meeting in the synagogue. Please keep an eye out for updates and announcements. I am hoping to see all of you there to show support for our new leadership and Board of Trustees. If you need me at any time, you can always reach me at jyelen@yelenlaw.com or by calling the Temple Office.

 
Jeffrey A. Yelen, Esquire

 

 

Jeffrey Yelen