June & July 2018
Some of you have heard me tell the story of how my wife, Brooke, was the deciding voice in my acceptance of the presidency. One by one, my family and friends discouraged me from saying “yes.” They all argued against it because of the time commitment; “you’re too busy,” they insisted. I was set to turn it down, but knew it would be easier if I could tell the nominating committee that Brooke said she didn’t want me to do it. To my surprise (and dismay), she told me I had to accept, that it was my responsibility to help the synagogue. Now, two years later, I’m glad I listened to her. There’s a strong sense of accomplishment, but an even greater recognition of the personal and spiritual growth I’ve experienced. I feel
so much more connected to Judaism and TBS than I did before.
While we’ve accomplished a lot together the past two years, of course there’s more to do. As immediate past president, I intend to continue chairing the long-term strategy committee, which was formed last year. Progress has been slow, but free of the weekly responsibilities of managing the shul, I’m planning to get the committee back on track.
This summer marks not only the end of my second and final term as president, but also theend of the FY 2017-18 board. On June 30th, our current board of directors will complete their assignment. I am grateful for their hard work and dedication. Running a synagogue is a team effort, and I’ m fortunate to have worked with a terrific team. They have sacrificed time with their families and contributed their considerable talents.
On Sunday, June 10th at 4 p.m., you will have the opportunity to vote on the slate of officers and directors for FY 2018-19, which was sent to you at the end of May. The men and women who’ve agreed to serve do so out of love for Judaism and our temple. The slate includes some current board members in their current role, some who are moving to new positions, and others who are new to the board. We still have one opening, so if you’d like to help us, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With the school year over and summer break about to start, the weeks ahead bring some much-needed R & R for many of us. I hope your family is able to take advantage of the break to recharge and renew. Even though school is out until mid August, the rest of temple life continues uninterrupted; minyans, Shabbat services and special events occur throughout the summer, and we need your help to support them.