President's Message - June 2014 Print

June is a special month for Congregation Beth Israel. We will bid Farewell and Happy Retirement to Rabbi Ken Roseman.  We will commemorate the occasion with a memorable Shabbat celebration on June 20 to thank Rabbi Roseman for leading us for the past 12 years.  We are also helping him to celebrate the end of a career, one of which he should be very proud to look back on. During this special Shabbat, we will hear from our full High Holiday choir, as well as a choir of past Bar and Bat Mitzvah students of Rabbi Roseman.  In addition, we will have other special moments during the evening, culminating with a grand Oneg Shabbat.  Your Board of Directors has selected a gift to be presented to Congregation Beth Israel, in honor of Rabbi Roseman’s retirement.  A Ner Tamid, created by Artist Claude Riedel will be dedicated in our sanctuary during services on June 20.  This eternal light is the perfect symbol to recognize Rabbi Roseman’s dedication first to Temple Beth El, then later to the merger and the resulting Congregation Beth Israel.    If you would like to make a contribution to the Eternal Light in honor of Rabbi Roseman’s retirement, he will receive a card acknowledging this gift and your Board of Directors would greatly appreciate your help in funding of this beautiful piece of art.  

Also this month, we will be having our annual Congregational Meeting on Wednesday, June 25 at 7:00 pm.  We will conduct our usual business of approving the slate of officers, approving the budget for the upcoming year, hearing a few reports and recognition of a special member of the congregation.  We also hope to have our incoming Rabbi, Ilan Emanuel in attendance, as he plans  to be arriving from Canada that week.  And of course, there will be refreshments following the meeting.  Please watch your mail for a copy of the 2014-15 Budget, for your review prior to the meeting. As was the option last year as well, proxy votes will be allowed. However, it is our hope   that our members will make every attempt to attend this meeting in person.  

One last bit of exciting news:  Congregation Beth Israel has received a donation from Chai Minded, an anonymous charitable person who donates Chai amounts, in our case $10,188 to religious organizations,  do with as we please.  You can check out the website at ChaiMinded.org.  We have checked this donation out with our attorney, and other people who are familiar with the organization and have humbly accepted this generous gift.  Your Board of directors chose to split the amount between two of our most worthy “special funds”  One half will be placed in the Mitzvah Fund, which pays for the meals taken to ill congregants and also supplies food and other needs for grieving families.  The other half of the funds will be placed in our Camp Scholarship Fund, so that we may assist our students to attend Jewish camps again next summer.  


Suzy Hilliard    
President