President’s Message Jan/Feb 2018

Well I don’t think I’ll be taking the dogs for long walks this week – but we do still go around the block every day, no matter what the weather.  It’s important to keep moving, keep connected to the community, to the neighbours and friends who are an important part of our lives. And now we’re past the winter solstice, so the days are already getting longer – hooray!

I’ve been really enjoying the work we are doing at the Temple to let everyone know about the Capital Campaign, and to spread the big news that we have already raised over $400,000!

This is a phenomenal accomplishment for our little shul, of which we can all be very proud.  We are nearly half-way to our goal, and feeling confident we can reach it by the end of 2018.

We are buoyed up by the success we have had so far, and it’s been tremendously rewarding to speak with members and non-members alike about what the Temple means to us all.  As an integral part of the Jewish community, the Temple board and staff are constantly seeking ways to provide our congregation with what it needs; be sure to let us know if you have any ideas or requests for future programs.

I’d like to take this opportunity to let you know that Rabbi Tepper has already agreed to return as our visiting Rabbi for a third year, from September 2018 through June 2019. This is such welcome news, as all who have been to services or events know of his commitment to Jewish learning and to reaching out to the community.

This is also a good time for me to remind you that when Rabbi Tepper is here every month he is always interested in meeting with members of the congregation either at their homes, in hospital, at the Temple or somewhere else for coffee and conversation.  His very kind, compassionate manner is a great comfort and inspiration to those who are having a difficult time, or who would just like to chat.

Best wishes for a healthy happy New Year.  The best is yet to come!