President's Message - September 2011 Print
Dear Members of CBI,

The High Holidays are a time of thoughtful self-reflection when each of us has the opportunity to look inward and evaluate the past year and look forward to the year ahead. As we do, we rejoice in the blessings in our lives, understand where we fell short, and determine how, through our actions, we can all improve our lives and the lives of others in the coming year.

As you reflect and consider how you will use your valuable time in the new year I ask that each member of Congregation Beth Israel (CBI) consider how you might become more engaged in Temple activities. Examples could be increased attendance at services, sponsoring an Oneg Shabbat, joining the study group, helping with Foodfest, assisting in the office, helping maintain the library, or participating on a CBI Committee. We would welcome your involvement in any way possible.

What has become evident to me in the first few months of my presidency is that we are a relatively small congregation that is very dependent on a core of volunteers to make CBI the vibrant organization it is today. I also recognize that the Board of Trustees is both excited and genuinely committed to ensure we meet the increasing spiritual, educational and social needs of our congregants.  Your help is needed to be successful. As member engagement increases in CBI, we will be able to do so much more to meet the needs of all of our CBI members.

With this in mind, I ask that during your High Holiday reflections, you consider what action you will take this year to help build the CBI community through both increased participation in programs and activities and volunteering your valuable time, talent, and energy to help CBI meet the needs of all our congregants.

In closing, I wish all of you a healthy, prosperous and successful new year.

                   Shalom,
                   Jim Gold