President’s Message Nov/Dec 2017

President’s Message – Linda Freed

Greetings. We have been very busy at the Temple, as always when it’s time for the High Holy Days, followed by Sukkot and Simchat Torah. I’ve heard from many of you about how you were uplifted by the music, prayers and readings, along with the gifted leadership of our clergy and choir leader. I certainly enjoyed seeing so many of you up on the bimah to participate in one or more of the honours – reading from the Torah, Aliyot, assisting in the rituals at the ark and with the Torot. I felt lucky and blessed to be in this congregation.
In the coming months of November and December we have lots to look forward to: of course the Rabbi will be here from November 2-5, so we have the opportunity to spend time with him – Friday night there’s a Children’s Shabbat Service at 5:30 – don’t miss it if you can get yourself and your child/grandchild to the Temple – you’ll be glad you did. And of course the regular Shabbat service at 7:30. The Saturday evening program with Rabbi Tepper is always stimulating, and in keeping with our Capital Campaign launch the next day, on Saturday we’ll be discussing “A Home Away from Home” – please join us, bring your ideas and have a pleasant evening. Soon we have our Peace Service on November 10th, followed by Phil Spevak’s presentation of “4000 Years of Judaism with Music and Humour” on Nov 18.
I’ve been thinking about the many special aspects of being a member at Temple Shalom. We are lucky to have Rabbi Tepper leading services for the HH Days and once a month all year, as well as working with our students, providing pastoral care, and guiding us with his influence and teachings. In addition, we have also developed an amazing cadre of lay leaders: congregants hear many new ideas and ways of looking at the weekly parashiyot from these volunteers. It’s a wonderful opportunity for growth for the lay leaders as well as the congregants; if you’re interested in leading a service sometime please let us know. We’d be happy to provide you with information about what you need to do. If you’d like someone who is experienced to co-lead with you, we can do that too.
I do hope you can attend the Reaching Out Reaching Up Capital Campaign Launch on Sunday Nov 5, 2 to 4 pm. There will be a gathering in the Sanctuary for all the news about the campaign, then fun, food and friends in the Social Hall. We have Joy Coffee Bar serving great coffee, there will be lovely food of course, and refreshments. We’re planning for the future, and want to hear from you!