President’s Message Sept/Oct 2016

The Rabbi is coming! The Rabbi is coming! After working together since March, we are finally getting together with Rabbi Bill Tepper for the first time on Shabbat when he will lead the service, Friday September 16th. If you have a chance to attend I know you’ll be glad you did, as from what I have read online and in the discussions we’ve been having, I have found him to be highly engaging, resourceful, thoughtful, and humble.

It will be a whirlwind tour, filled with meeting people: for final planning w clergy & choir re the High Holydays; for meeting and getting to know board members and congregants; for leading the Shabbat Service Friday and a Torah Study on Saturday morning Sept. 17th, 10 a.m.; and more. Hopefully even have a chance to see a few Winnipeg sights.

Here’s a glimpse at Bill’s CV he’s: an accomplished teacher in the dramatic arts and teacher in all Jewish and synagogue-related activities; a high-achieving student in Rabbinic school; a generous contributor of his time both to the Jewish and to the broader community in many matters including in the area of Social Justice; and when, for family reasons after 8 years there, he had to leave his Chattanooga synagogue in March 2016, the Mayor of the city proclaimed a “Rabbi Bill Tepper Appreciation Day” – which to me says a lot.

So please come on down. It’s four weeks from now, the third weekend in September. September 16th. There will be an oneg afterwards, of course. Nothing happens at Temple Shalom without food.

For parents and grandparents, there’s an opportunity for you and your child to meet the Rabbi at the first day of the Irma Penn School on Sunday Sept. 18th. More details will be sent out in the eblast and on Facebook.

Then we are almost at the High Holydays. Please be sure to consult the many HH dates outlined on the Schedule in this Bulletin. On the weekend after Yom Kippur you might note that we’ll be having an Erev Sukkot Potluck and Lay led service on Sunday Oct. 16th, followed the next weekend by Erev Simchat Torah on Sunday Oct 23rd, when we will hold a Simchat Torah service – that’s always a fun one, seeing an entire Torah unrolled around the Temple Sanctuary.

Finally, I’m very happy to tell you that we will have two new shofars for the HH services this year. After much deliberation the two beautiful ram’s horns that were chosen are apparently the perfect pair, and make a wonderful chord when sounded together.

L’Shana Tovah u’Metukah I wish you a good and sweet year. Linda Freed