Dear Fellow Congregants,
I hope during this High Holy Day season of self-reflection, renewal and new beginnings, this letter finds you and your family well.
As I pause for personal self-reflection on my first year as president and the many simchas we celebrated and
challenges we faced together, I want to offer my profound gratitude to our board and particularly our former presidents who continue to invest so much of their time, experience and energy in keeping our temple the beacon of hope, learning and charity it is today.
Under the leadership of our volunteer lay leaders and our dynamic and learned clergy team, Rabbi Jaimee Shalhevet, Rabbi Rachel Maimin and Cantor Kyle Cotler, we have accomplished many wonderful things this past year. In addition to traditional major Simchat Torah, Sukkot, Chanukah and Purim temple events we have broadened our community outreach programs bringing in Joshua Nelson and the Kosher Gospel Singers, Freedom Song, and the B’Yachad Shabbat experience, connecting with our community members with special needs. Mitzvah programs and opportunities for participation are ever expanding.
Our Nursery School is thriving under the leadership of our Director, Elizabeth Kessler and our new Religious School model is attracting many young families into our community. We are most fortunate to have an extraordinary Executive Director Jacquelynn Golub, who also doubles as our Religious School Principal and has an unending commitment to making this synagogue the best it can be. She is ably assisted by our Administrative Assistant Dawn Ruggiero. Please stop by to say hello.
To continue to build upon our strong foundation and an even brighter future, we rely upon the good will and generosity of each and every one of us. Membership dues only partially fund our rich mosaic of worship opportunities, educational programming, special events and Tikkum Olam/social action initiatives. Our Kol Nidre appeal is the largest and most important fundraising event we undertake each year. Please support North Shore Synagogue’s Kol Nidre appeal generously so that we may continue to be that special place many of us call our second home.
On behalf of my family and your North Shore Synagogue family, my best wishes to you, your family and friends for a healthy, sweet, and happy New Year.