President’s Message Jan/Feb 2019

As I look back on the year 2018, I have to say it’s been a fantastic year for Temple Shalom: the success of our Capital Campaign still amazes me. Our total to date is $756,000, which includes $85,845 in our Temple Shalom Endowment Fund at The Jewish Foundation.  There are still fund requests out there, from which we are hoping to receive positive responses, but we have clearly had spectacular support from our congregation and the community. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

We have a major announcement: we recently received a letter from Chesed Shel Emes funeral home, saying that effective immediately ALL Jewish individuals, from ANY congregation (or those who are unaffiliated) are welcome at Chesed Shel Emes. They will provide mortuary and ritual services (Shmira and Tahara) as preparation for an in-ground burial.

This is a major policy change which came about after many years of discussion at the Chesed by members of the Temple who have been on the Chesed Board of directors, as well as other members of the Jewish community.

Should members of the Reform community choose the services of Chesed Shel Emes, then 6 Jewish males will be required as Pallbearers at the Chesed Shel Emes.

Should members of the Temple Shalom Reform community choose the services of Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, where our Beit Chaim Mikdash cemetery is located, then the Pallbearers (male or female) can be chosen according to the preference of the family, as accords with Reform Judaism practice.

It’s been a long time coming, and we are grateful for this important change of policy, recognizing that the Chesed facility was supposed to be, is and always should be a place for all Jews in our community. For further details please contact the Temple Shalom office.

I look forward to seeing you all in the coming months. Best wishes for a healthy, happy new year.

Linda Freed