President’s Message January 2017 – Linda Freed
It’s hard to believe that we are on the brink of 2017 but I’m looking forward to it with anticipation. We’ve had some wonderful programs and events over the past two months, I hope you were able to join us for some of them. The annual Shabbat Peace Service includes a selection of songs about peace, which I find deeply moving every year owing not only to the content and context, but also to the incredible vocalists we have amongst us. Another one of particular interest for me was the Adult Ed with Rabbi Tepper, when we showed the movie “Paper Clips”. We heard the Rabbi’s personal experiences of visiting the railway car and the school near Chattanooga that organized the display. There are artifacts from people around the world who heard of the project, and paper clips, totalling six million for the Jews and five million more for the gypsies, homosexuals and other victims of the Holocaust.
We were very pleased with our Jewish Comedy Night, a sold out event held at the Temple. A successful fundraiser with ambiance, great food, and very funny comedy from four young local Jewish comedians – it couldn’t have been better. I’d like to extend my sincere thanks to the volunteers who helped organize the event (it was a valuable learning experience for me), and those who helped run things that night. We had support from generous sponsors, local TV and print media. A good time was had by all!
Our Chanukah celebrations began with a party for the Irma Penn School children with entertainment, crafts, and of course latke-making! Then at Shabbat we made and ate latkes together at the annual Chanukah Potluck. Over 80 people attended. We ate, sang, prayed and shared a memorable evening together. The following night we had an adult Chanukah party with more delicious food and fun.
Join us for the coming months, read this Bulletin and the eBlasts for upcoming events, and remember to come for the entertaining evening we will have with Rabbi Tepper on January 14th. In February we have a Tu Bi Shvat potluck & seder with the Rabbi, and the Dramatic Theatre fundraiser for Temple Shalom, an Agatha Christie play.
My thanks to the staff, the board, the volunteers, the teachers and you, for continuing your involvement and support for Temple Shalom. We are an integral part of the community, and will be continuing our efforts to be a thoughtful, spiritual, comfortable and inspiring home for Reform Judaism in Winnipeg. My very best wishes to you and yours in the new year.