President's Message - June/July 2015 Print
As I write my final article for the bulletin, I can’t help but reflect on my last two years as your president.  It has been both better and more difficult than I could imagine.  Attending more congregational events has been very fulfilling and meaningful and has truly made me more spiritual, and for that I am very appreciative.  I must say, one of the best parts of being president is being behind the scenes and discovering the very best in people.  There are several people that spend many hours doing things for our congregation, and most members have no idea this occurs.  I have been blessed to discover these little secrets.  Special thanks to Susan Martin, Julia Noble and Bill Adams for all the little things you do behind the scenes.  We are also fortunate to have staff that often goes beyond the scope of their regular duties.  Thanks so much to Debbie Bustillo, Mike Trimyer, Linda Bustillo and Natalie Honigbaum for taking such good care of our congregation.  

I have been fortunate to have been given a board that cares deeply for their congregation and they have tried diligently to do what is right both religiously and financially.  Together, we have put in many hours to make Congregation Beth Israel a special place.   Speaking of special, I feel fortunate to have worked with two great spiritual leaders during my two years as president.  I was honored to work with Rabbi Ken Roseman in his final year as our Rabbi, and then to work with Rabbi Ilan Emanuel in his first year here at CBI.  I have learned a great deal from my association with these two men.   

June will find us busily preparing for the annual congregational meeting.  We will be electing our new officers, hearing end of year reports, honoring some exemplary members and approving a difficult budget.  I feel the last two years have seen a great deal of positive change and growth for our congregation, but running a business the size of Congregation Beth Israel is expensive.  If we want to continue to have a wonderful religious school, great adult programming, additional social activities and a beautiful facility, we will all need to share in the costs.  And I truly believe that having all of these things and a great Rabbi are worth every penny.  I am asking that you help us by increasing both your financial support and your personal time commitments to our family of families.

Thank you again for all your support over these past two years.


Suzy Hilliard
President, Congregation Beth Israel