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Thank you to the Harvey Grossman Memorial Fund for film and Continuing Education for making possible the outstanding Scholars Weekend with Mr. Steven Weisman an author, a 40 year New York times correspondent/Bureau Director and a caring and compassionate seeker of truth.  Mr. Weisman provided 2 outstanding presentations related to our American Jewish history and heritage based on his recent book The Chosen Wars and a final lecture on “Fake News”. Mr. Weisman‘s historical details  about Jewish American history provided thoughtful insights  into who we are as an  American Jewish religion and community today while his “Fake News” event generated many questions and gave us a glimpse into Fake News from a major newspaper viewpoint.  I thank Rabbi and Phyllis Roseman and Mel Klein for being instrumental for making the weekend possible and attending to the details that made it such a success. My gratitude goes out to  the Harvey Grossman Memorial Fund for Film and Continuing Education Committee, who provided wonderful guidance in making the program such a success. Committee members include Rabbi Roseman, Mel Klein, David Jacobs, Venita Crow, Elizabeth Susser, Gail Loeb, and Jim Gold. Most of all, I thank all of those who attended  one or more of the sessions for supporting this unique learning opportunity and engaging with our fellow CBI Congregants. 

Each day I was amazed at how the number of Jewish attendees exceeded our expectations and couldn’t help but wonder what brought them there? Realistically I recognize it was in part a notable, accomplished author but I also believe it was a connection to our shared Jewish cultural and religious values.  For a few hours it was evident that social media, our secular commitments, and material distractions were set aside and we each added to our Jewish legacy by both learning and engaging with our fellow Congregants. I also realized that we cannot always offer accomplished individuals like Mr. Weisman but congregants can add to their Jewish legacy by attending other significant congregation events such as Friday/Saturday Shabbat Services, the upcoming Purim Carnival, The Great Courses Jewish Odyssey Series, Sisterhood participation, and special Holiday and Festival services and celebrations. We offer a myriad of program and services that you can take advantage of and help build your Jewish legacy and support Congregation Beth Israel. I would love to see you there!

Alert—Toward the end of March you will be receiving an invitation to complete a Congregation Beth Israel Survey that will help the Board of Trustees plan for the future. The quality of this process is dependent on your feedback as to who we are as a sacred community and who we want to be. From this data the Board and Congregation will set priorities, methods and strategies to make sure our mutually identified  priorities are met. Please take the 10-15 minutes to provide your views.

Jim Gold, CBI President 



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