My Dear TRT Family,
As this year unfolds, we continue to build the strong relationships we have as a community. Covid-19 is still a looming risk we must take into consideration as we plan our activities for the upcoming winter months in order to ensure the wellbeing of our members and staff. Our virtual services are a place of comfort to many of our congregants. Not only did the participation increase, but the engagement of our members has changed. Please check out the upcoming schedules in our weekly emails and consider joining us for services. It is only a click away.
Our Board and clergy have been working to bring us together. We celebrated an inspiring Simchat Torah with Nefesh Mountain which was the second-best thing after reading from the Torah scrolls in our sanctuary. Our double-Sukkah was available for families who chose to eat and chat in the sukkah throughout the holiday. Sisterhood arranged a virtual Scavenger Hunt which was a fun and lovely evening activity. This week, our Adult Education program hosted Professor Jonathan Sarna as a guest speaker. Some of these programs came from suggestions from someone like you. We always welcome your ideas so do not be shy.
Now that the mold remediation in our building is complete and the airducts have been cleaned, we look forward to a gradual re-opening, as per state regulations. A big thank you to Marc Willner and Ron Hiller who coordinated this complex project. We are still evaluating the options of re- carpeting the sanctuary and taking care of aesthetics. The rest of the building will be available for small activities.
We have started to plan an outdoor community celebration parallel to our religious school reopening in early December, weather permitting. Stay tuned for details.
Our Rabbi Search committee has started to put together the application to go through the placement process required by the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ). Our Next Steps Task Force is engaged in reviewing and exploring options to ensure our congregation is a viable and a sustainable community in the future. We would like to make sure that we have all the necessary information before we make any decisions. I know some of you cannot wait to start asking questions; therefore, it only makes sense that we are thorough in our exploration in terms of what is in the best interest of our congregation.