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President’s Message May/June 2017

 

I always find that the months from January to June are the busiest time of the year (except for the High Holy Days!) at Temple Shalom and in the Jewish community. Although some of you are able to take holidays in warm locales over the winter, the rest of us are kept busy and warm with the many activities and celebrations that occur.

We’ve really enjoyed having Rabbi Tepper with us this year; his warmth and generosity of spirit are a delight. He brings tremendous enthusiasm to his teachings at Friday night services, Saturday morning Torah study, and Saturday evening gatherings for Adult Ed and Havdallah. We’ve seen some wonderful movies together and had lively, interesting discussions before and afterwards, heightened by the Rabbi’s love of Jewish history and Jewish stories told in contemporary film. Only last week we watched Al Jolson in “The Jazz Singer” and I was quite amazed that the first ever “talking” film was so thoroughly steeped in Judaism. In addition, the Rabbi’s dedication to the students at our Irma Penn School of Jewish Learning, and to our post B’nai Mitzvah youth group has been important for all.

Recently the Temple’s Board of Directors had a strategic planning / visioning session which we plan to be talking about with you in the coming months. The board would like to hear from you about what we are doing right, and where we could be making improvements. Please do contact me if you have something to say. It’s an ongoing pleasure and privilege to be engaged in looking ahead to the future of Temple Shalom, continuing as innovators in the daily life of our community.

Please do come out to join us at the Bat Mitzvah and wedding simchas in June, which you can read about in this bulletin. And I hope that Temple Shalom will be well represented at the community Shavuot where we gather to celebrate the giving of the Torah to the Jewish people. The Rabbis will each share their favourite Jewish teaching; there will be a lovely dinner; there will be breakout sessions with clergy and teachers regaling us with their contributions to the evening; followed by a short mincha/maariv service and then dessert! See p. 10 for details.

We hope to see you in the coming months and over the summer.

Linda Freed

 

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