I begin my Presidency with a heavy heart. Tobye Watkins (of blessed memory) was a great woman and a dear friend. She was very proud of our Congregation, being a Founding Member. She brought enthusiasm and dedication to everything she did and she will be greatly missed. As your President, I realize I have big shoes to fill and will do my best to enhance the “miracle” that is Temple Oseh Shalom.
Because I moved up to the Presidency, the Board needed to fill some positions. Carol Liff stepped up from Recording Secretary to Vice President. Patti Sacks will be our Recording Secretary and Arnold Hillman will move into the Corresponding Secretary position. We have brought Past President Barry Zweiban on as a Director to provide additional experience on the Board. I thank all of them for their flexibility.
Sadly, Rabbi Symons will be leaving, so July will be his last month with us. I want to thank him for providing us with inspiring, meaningful, and uplifting services and education all these years. We wish him the very best in all his future endeavors.
Rabbi Kanter will be conducting services more frequently, for which we are grateful.
I’m committing that I will do my best to make this transition as smooth as possible. I have two requests of you. First, if asked to volunteer, please say YES. We need your ideas and your energy. Second, on behalf of the Board, I’m asking that you be generous with your praise and gentle with your criticism. We are all volunteers trying to do our very best.
I wish you a wonderful summer.