We’ve had a lot going on recently. And at the center of just about every event is Milt Grishman. Whether he’s unlocking the door on a Friday night, leading Shabbat services, finding ways to make our ritual services more meaningful, or cheering on the Shuckers with other Congregation Beth Israel members, Milt is always there. He’s our rock. He’s one of our guiding influences. He wants what’s best for our Jewish community.

I mention Milt because for the first time in what seems like forever, the proposed slate of officers is missing his name. Milt wants to take a break. He wants other members to step up and lead our congregation. He promises to still be at the center of most events. He just wants to do it without board responsibility. I don’t blame him.

Thank you, Milt. Thank you for your leadership. Thank you for your passion. Thank you for tutoring me and so many others about our links to the past. Enjoy the next 12 months. Don’t be surprised if the next nominations committee taps you to rejoin the board a year from now.

I look forward to seeing everyone at the May 21 general membership meeting. Lori Beth promises a great breakfast. And we all get to vote on a great board to lead Congregation Beth Israel into what will be a pivotal year. Our strength comes from our leadership. And the leaders tapped to be on the next board will make us a more robust Jewish community.