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President's Message - December 2009 PDF Print E-mail
Dear Members of CBI,

I am writing this the week of Thanksgiving. I have just read an article in a magazine by a young Jewish author who remembers a Thanksgiving dinner at his Yiddish speaking grandparent’s home. It was his grandmother’s custom to put corn kernels on each family member’s plate. They then were instructed to put one kernel on the table for each thing they were thankful for at that time.  

As the hour passed, I considered all the ways we have been blessed this year as a Congregation. We continue to be most fortunate to have a dynamic religious leader, we have a committed board of directors, many new congregants, and Sisterhood’s successful and lucrative Food Fest.

I also personally have much to be thankful for this year and I hope each and everyone of you have much to celebrate.

Rosalyn joins me in wishing you a festive Hanukkah and a Happy New Year.

            Shalom,
            Maury Wolfson
 
President's Message - November 2009 PDF Print E-mail
Dear Members of CBI,

Thanksgiving is upon us, and again this year, we will be celebrating with the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church. This tradition began seventy-five years ago.  There has been a change in scheduling.  We will convene at 7:30 pm on November 25th. We hope that this change will enable more congregants to attend.
 
I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who contributed to our very successful High Holiday appeal. The number of members donating, and the grand total exceeded our expectations.
 
The early Shabbat services preceding our monthly family dinners have been well attended.  I hope you will join us in the future. You will be rewarded with prayer, good food, fun and fellowship.  We are very appreciative of Meredith Ryan's efforts in organizing and delivering these monthly meals.
 
The future of our congregation appears very bright at this time. With the addition of sixteen new family members, we are expanding our numbers. I hope that you will warmly welcome these new families
 
Let us all thank who are working feverishly preparing for Food Fest, November 14th & 15th. Their effort is a monumental task, and I know all involved feel their work is a labor of love.

Congregation Beth Israel has many exciting events planned for the near future. I urge everyone to become involved and participate.

As your president, I hope you will feel free to approach me when you have questions. I would also be open to suggestions that might make our congregation even more efficient and effective.
 
May you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
 
             Shalom,
 
            Maury Wolfson
            President

 
President's Message - October 2009 PDF Print E-mail
Dear Members of CBI,
 
Having concluded Rosh HaShanah, when we welcomed the Jewish New Year 5770 and Yom Kippur, when we reflected on our past transgressions, we now approach the festive days of Sukkot and Simchat Torah.
 
Our New Year brings promise of exciting activities, beginning with our Annual Food Fest on November 14th & 15th.
 
Many of you have already volunteered for this worthy project, but additional help is needed and will be welcomed. The raffle and silent auction shall be exciting as well.
 
Food Fest is the Sisterhood's primary money maker, and their contribution to our congregation's operating budget is vital. Please contact Laura Noe or Ann Engel and sign up to participate.
 
Again we welcome our newest members to our Family of Families.  With the children of our congregants, our religious school enrollment has risen considerably.
 
Your officers and board continue to monitor the daily operation of our congregation. Please call me with any questions or concerns you may have.
 
This New Year, it is my hope that you will  attend services more frequently and participate in our congregation's many worthwhile activities, that you will find most rewarding.
 
        Shalom,
        Maury Wolfson
        President

 
President's Message - September 2009 PDF Print E-mail

Dear Members of CBI,

Our long, hot summer is coming to an end, and we now focus on the New Year. We look forward to meaningful holiday services led by our esteemed Rabbi and our conservative rabbinical candidate Yonina Creditor. We are also about to begin our religious school and launch another year of stimulating Saturday Torah study sessions.

Our CBI Board has had several productive meetings. I am happy to report that the congregation’s financial condition is healthy. Our treasurer, office staff and accountants have revised our financial statements. They are now easier for the Board to comprehend.

In a recent Sunday retreat, our board of directors reviewed our past accomplishments. We set the goals that we hope to implement in the coming years.

I personally want to thank our dedicated officers, our board members, our various committee members and sisterhood for their service to our congregation. Without their efforts our congregation could not function.

Rosalyn and I are looking forward to spending the High Holy Days with you. May you enjoy good health in the coming year, a joyful Rosh Hashanah and a meaningful Yom Kippur.

Maury Wolfson
President

 
President's Message - July/August 2009 PDF Print E-mail

Dear Members of CBI:

My Presidency has begun, and truthfully I have a hard act to follow. Fortunately, during these past four years of our newly merged congregation we have had leadership of very exceptional quality.

First, we had Rona Train at the helm with all of her talents including her leadership skill. Rona was the perfect individual to bring to fruition the combining of our two religious institutions, and we thank Rona for all she has done.

Two years ago when Andy Lehrman assumed the presidency, we knew we had a dynamic leader with tremendous people skills, who handles the congregation’s many challenges with diplomacy. Andy has devoted his time willingly and I feel confident we can count on his input and support going forward. Andy leaves his presidency with Congregation Beth Israel in great shape. We thank Andy and Rona for jobs well done.

We are most fortunate to have Rabbi Roseman as our spiritual leader. His expertise and vast knowledge of Torah, our faith, history of the Jewish people, world geography and all religions is unsurpassed. Rosalyn and I have attended very many religious services and have yet to hear a Rabbi whose sermons are as dynamic and inspirational. Rabbi Roseman had the large task of fulfilling the merger agreement of two congregations. This task was not easy; however, our Rabbi has done his part in making the transition with compassion for all.

I feel confident that the officers and board members who will serve with me will use their diverse skills to insure a bright future for our congregation. Very, shortly, I will convene our entire board for a Sunday retreat for a brainstorming session. We shall will reflect on the past and suggest new ideas for the future.

I invite you to bring any suggestions that could make Beth Israel even more outstanding. Our congregation is a religious institution, but in many ways also a business. If you examine our budget with its many expenditures, you will see that we must each do our part and participate financially to the extent of one’s ability. I know that we can count on each of you to fulfill your obligation this year.

Congregation Beth Israel is blessed with having so many wonderful volunteers; if you haven’t as yet, please agree to serve on one of our many committees. You will feel better for participation; it is a mitzvah.

Thank you for electing me your president. I hope to warrant the confidence you have shown in me.

Thank you, have a wonderful summer and Shalom,.

Maury Wolfson

 
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