April & May 2018
With Pesach upon us, the synagogue is free of chametz, and we’re ready to commemorate the emancipation of the Israelites from their bondage in Egypt. As we celebrate with family and friends, let us reflect on the past year and the obstacles we’ve overcome in our own lives.
Irma certainly created some challenges for us as a synagogue. Last month, I reported that replacement of the roof was about to begin. I’m happy to report that Willis Roofing completed the job ahead of schedule and without any additional fees beyond the quoted price. As I’ve mentioned before, insurance is covering the cost. There’s more work to do, but the roof was the most pressing issue and I’m glad it’s finished. (No more buckets in the sanctuary. )
I’m also very pleased to report the results of an air quality study that was completed a few weeks ago. Some members had expressed concerns, especially in the aftermath of the hurricane and subsequent roof leaks, about the possibility of mold and other potential airborne hazards in the building. On the advice of a remediation firm, we hired a state certified mold assessor. The firm conducted an air quality inspection and found that “elevated mold growth does not exist” in the temple building. Good news as Passover begins.
On behalf of the temple leadership, I wish each of you a Chag Pesach Sameach.