My Dear Temple Family,
Over the last few weeks, as you can imagine, I’ve been busy.
I began to facilitate the President’s Circle Meetings, and I am so delighted to meet those of you who were able to make it. The series of meetings have only begun, but I can already feel not only the sense of relief about our future, but also the warmth and the dedication you have in your hearts for our congregation. I’ve learned about the things that you love, appreciate and want to keep in our future. I also see your readiness for discovery. And discovery is what is waiting for us.
If you were not able to make those meetings and you would like to chat with me, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll set up a time to meet.
Our members bring dedication and openness as they share concerns and hopes. That is truly authentic and certainly something we’ll count on as we make plans for our future. Whether we’re introducing candidates for the interim rabbi, or for the settled rabbi positions, your voice can be heard. Opportunities to engage with the candidates will be announced on our website and on ThisWeek@TRT. So, stay tuned. It is quite possible that by the time this article is published, you already had a chance to meet a candidate. I know how much our future as a congregation is important to you and your family. So, please make sure you continue to communicate with the Search Committee.
Over the next few months, we have exciting get-togethers, educational lectures, and fun family events. And why would you care? Because …
A) Winter in New Jersey doesn’t need to be gloomy.
B) Change is here and being agile can only help. That means we are looking for opportunities to strengthen our resolve as a connected community while expanding our common ground.
I would love to see you at any one of the following events: A lecture from a former IDF Officer on Dec. 8, Rock Hanukkah on Dec. 27, Women’s Shabbat on Jan. 10, or Eat-Pray-Learn on Jan. 24.
Soon, our Purim Shpeilers start their rehearsals for Purim and our Choir will start its rehearsals with Cantor Lawrence for Shabbat Shira. Whenever I speak with any of these members, they share how joyful the experience is. These are wonderful groups to join. If you want to give it a try and think that you have some talent, reach out to our office for details.
We have started preparations for Rabbi Weber’s retirement gala, scheduled for April 26. If you are interested in lending a hand, please contact Andrea Kazin at email@example.com.
I want to leave you with one last thought: As a community, we were able to pull together an amazing food drive during Yom Kippur – over 12,000 pounds of solid food. I feel a sense of pride in being able to make a difference for so many families. WE made it happen! Now, that the winter months are here, our Social Action Committee organizes various collections (coats, toys, etc.) to help those who are in need. Please note their requests and take part, if this cause touches your heart.
To our success,
Tmima Grinvald, Temple President