President's Message - July/August 2009 Print

Dear Members of CBI:

My Presidency has begun, and truthfully I have a hard act to follow. Fortunately, during these past four years of our newly merged congregation we have had leadership of very exceptional quality.

First, we had Rona Train at the helm with all of her talents including her leadership skill. Rona was the perfect individual to bring to fruition the combining of our two religious institutions, and we thank Rona for all she has done.

Two years ago when Andy Lehrman assumed the presidency, we knew we had a dynamic leader with tremendous people skills, who handles the congregation’s many challenges with diplomacy. Andy has devoted his time willingly and I feel confident we can count on his input and support going forward. Andy leaves his presidency with Congregation Beth Israel in great shape. We thank Andy and Rona for jobs well done.

We are most fortunate to have Rabbi Roseman as our spiritual leader. His expertise and vast knowledge of Torah, our faith, history of the Jewish people, world geography and all religions is unsurpassed. Rosalyn and I have attended very many religious services and have yet to hear a Rabbi whose sermons are as dynamic and inspirational. Rabbi Roseman had the large task of fulfilling the merger agreement of two congregations. This task was not easy; however, our Rabbi has done his part in making the transition with compassion for all.

I feel confident that the officers and board members who will serve with me will use their diverse skills to insure a bright future for our congregation. Very, shortly, I will convene our entire board for a Sunday retreat for a brainstorming session. We shall will reflect on the past and suggest new ideas for the future.

I invite you to bring any suggestions that could make Beth Israel even more outstanding. Our congregation is a religious institution, but in many ways also a business. If you examine our budget with its many expenditures, you will see that we must each do our part and participate financially to the extent of one’s ability. I know that we can count on each of you to fulfill your obligation this year.

Congregation Beth Israel is blessed with having so many wonderful volunteers; if you haven’t as yet, please agree to serve on one of our many committees. You will feel better for participation; it is a mitzvah.

Thank you for electing me your president. I hope to warrant the confidence you have shown in me.

Thank you, have a wonderful summer and Shalom,.

Maury Wolfson