President Lori Beth’s Message
I hope everyone had a wonderful new year and an easy fast. We had lovely services with Cantor Michael Horwitz, who was here with us for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Many of you know Cantor Horwitz had to go to the emergency room in the middle of Yom Kippur day. Everything is now fine with him, and the cantor talks about his experiences in his column in this newsletter.
There are so many to recognize for our wonderful High Holiday services — so many that I am afraid if I start listing names, I will leave someone out. However, just to mention a few, kudos go to Brad Kessie for organizing so much of the services; Martin Goldin for his wonderful shofar blowing (it was his first time to do so, but definitely not his last!); Amy Goldin for serving with me as gabbai and then taking over as cantor at the last minute when we needed her; and our haftorah readers, Michael Goldin, Russell Goldin, Ryan Goldin and Milt Grishman, who each did a wonderful job with that important part of the service, (Milt also read a portion of the Torah reading). Plus, thank you to all who accepted honors and opened the Ark, read something in Hebrew or English, had an aliyah, held and/or carried a Torah, lifted and/or dressed a Torah or brought something for the break-the-fast. We couldn’t have done it without you.
We have more holiday activities coming up — you can read all about them on the front of the newsletter. Sukkot Under the Stars is Friday night, and then Simchat Torah is Monday, Oct. 1. The food drive continues in October. And, Rabbi Norry returns at the end of the month (so does an old favorite — bingo!).
In other synagogue news, you should have received your dues statements by now. If you are able, please send in your dues in October. We really appreciate that prompt response — it gets us off to a good financial year. If you want to set up payments or want to make financial arrangements, let me know and we will get that going. As our treasurer Leon Sootin explained in his Kol Nidre talk, we’ve had increases in basic costs to running the synagogue, yet we have not increased our dues. If you can make an additional donation, that would be wonderful. As Leon said, “Just like chicken soup — it couldn’t hurt.”
And, don’t forget, there are several ways to contribute to the synagogue while paying tribute to someone special. We have our beautiful brick pathway in the Jack Goldin Memorial Garden. Bricks are still available for purchase. We have our Tree of Life recognition board, with leaves available to be etched with messages for all occasions. And, you can dedicate a prayer book in memory or in honor of a loved one. (I know I always look for the prayer book dedicated in memory of my father, it brings me comfort to read from that book.)
If you have a question on any of this or just want to talk about synagogue life, please call or text or email me! I look forward to hearing from you.