President’s Message May/June 2020

These last two months have been unlike any other I have encountered in my lifetime. We have been stuck at home, unable to see friends and family. But, like true Canadians and Jews, we cope. Many people from our Temple are working hard to make this experience easier and enriching and I would like to thank them wholeheartedly.

First, Rabbi Allan Finkel has been a rock for us. He introduced us to Zoom, leads us in prayer during Virtual Services, conducts packed Coffee with the Rabbi Sessions, continues to care pastorally for his Community and is brimming with ideas. We couldn’t manage without you, Rabbi Allan.

Thanks to David Vamos for his beautiful music during the services. Thanks to all the lay leaders as well and to the behind the scenes crew who make the services possible. Thanks to Cantor Len and Janet Goetze for sending us music online.

Thanks to our hardworking Executive who meet, plan and implement what is necessary for the Temple to carry on during these extraordinary times. The Executive consists of Judith Huebner, Miral Gabor & Ruth Livingston as Co-Presidents; Jo Ann Greisman, Treasurer, and Linda Freed, Past President. Thanks as well to all the Board members who also play such an important role.

In particular, thank you to Marc Schaeffer and Anita Moeller who are stepping down as Irma Penn School of Jewish Learning Co-Chairs after six years. We appreciate your hard work and dedication to the school.

We thank our hardworking staff too: Steven Goetze, Cynthia Hornstein and Phil Spevack. Thanks to our Engagement Coordinator Neta Aviv, who spends many hours keeping in touch with our Congregants and arranging our enlightening programs.

This is my last President’s message because I am stepping down at the end of my term. I will still be on the Board and working hard but Robbie and I are going to be Grandparents to a baby boy and plan on spending a lot of time with him and his parents, Sam & Katriana in Calgary.

We will get through this pandemic and hope that we can be physically together for High Holidays in the fall. Stay safe and live well.

Miral Gabor