President's Message - January 2016 Print
 
A brand new year, 2016….a time to look forward in anticipation of  the upcoming year.  We have quite a few projects and interesting events already on our agenda that I’m certain we will all enjoy.  

I can’t help but take a look back to our CBI year, 2015.  It’s been a good year for us.  Although not naming names, I can’t imagine a better board to work with on an ongoing basis.  The Board Members are excellent.  I began my term as president talking about “shared leadership” and it has worked better than I ever expected.  I only have to mention something that needs to be done, something or someone needing some help, some project that needs a leader, and a board member steps right up to the plate and takes on the project.  On Shabbat evenings, there is no problem getting a board member to share the dais with me….OK, can’t get through this without mentioning a couple of folks that are so willing to help in any capacity.  Greg Marks is a prize for me.  He is always ready to assist, give a respected opinion, take on a project, and show up when we need either his brain or his brawn.  He is pleasant, fun, well spoken, and a great asset to our congregation and especially to the board.  Another star on our board is George Kopf.  He is equally as interested and willing to take on large projects and he follows through with them. We have been discussing helping to sponsor a refugee or family that wants to come to the United States, and George has so ably stepped up to chair this project.  He’s also available for any other projects that need our attention.  Also, to mention one more, Robin Adams, is our Temple Treasurer.  She spends a lot of time keeping the books, overseeing finances, advising me, and serving as our “historian”.  I  could go on, naming each person on the board who has voluntarily given of their time and talents to keep our Temple in tip top shape, but I need to move on to other topics.  Thanks to ALL OF THE CBI BOARD for your ongoing help, your attendance at board meeting, and your attendance at services.  Together, we are a very good team.  I’m happy with our progress and look forward to working with you over the next year.

The Shabbat services continue to be enlightening and interesting.  Thanks to Rabbi Emanuel for being prepared and delivering a nice message to us each week.  We appreciate your attendance at all our events (although too many funerals), and your ideas for “fun” and inviting topics and adventures to all ages.  Especially entertaining was our December 25 Shabbat Service, with some 60 people in attendance. After a “shortened” Shabbat service, we enjoyed delicious Chinese Food and a good movie..(Frisco Kid).  What fun and what a great attendance.  This coming New Year’s Day Shabbat service will be toasted with a wine and cheese Oneg to help usher in the New Year.

Once again, I ask you to join us in attending Shabbat Services on Friday night.  WE NEED YOU…..Give your support to our Temple and our Rabbi and come to services…it’s a wonderful way to wind down the week, and reflect on “all things Jewish”.  Hope to see you Friday evening.

                        
                            Sincerely,
                            Chris Adler
                            President, Congregation Beth Israel