President's Message - January 2015 Print
January….the time of new beginnings.  We are now past the Fall and Winter Holidays and Food Fest, and have acclimated our new Rabbi to his new congregation.  Now we turn our thoughts to other congregational concerns.  We have organized a new committee to tackle outreach and in reach.  We are working with a model first designed by Andy Taubman as a means of approaching the issues.  Thanks to our committee who has stepped up enthusiastically to this challenge.   We are also tackling some Bylaws clarifications spearheaded by Brian Honigbaum.  In addition, I am looking hopefully forward, as we come out of one of the more difficult periods in which we have had more than our share of funerals.  I hate that there has been so much sadness for our member families, but feel comforted by the support and love shown to each family touched by death.  Rabbi Emanuel is planning a variety of educational programs for the remainder of the year and hope you will give several of them a try.  A mitzvah day is also being considered and discussed.  No matter where your interests lie, we hope you can find something special here at Congregation Beth Israel.  Happy 2015!!

Suzy Hilliard
President, Congregation Beth Israel