President’s Message

Shana tovah! September was quite the busy month. Rabbi Deborah led us in a wonderful set of High Holy Day services. We were also so happy to welcome Cantor Francyne Jacobs-Davis, who not only provided excellent singing, but terrific Torah-chanting. We also welcomed back Andrea Warren, as the piano accompanist. Myrna also graced us with her talents. There were so many people who contributed to the success of our holidays, it’s impossible to name everyone, so forgive me if I don’t mention everyone by name.

Of course, Deb Nowinski, our VP Ritual did so much! Anna Oliver assisted Reb Deb in her preparations, after Reb’s eye surgery. Judith Oppenheim organized and printed our Book of Remembrance. Nancy Schwartz got so many people together before Rosh Hashana to set up. Mike and Cinnamon Howell did so much, including getting the rooms organized for the break-fast. Thank you to everyone who provided check-in and ushering. Thank you to everyone who participated in the services, doing readings and bimah activities. A big thank you to Jon Zelon for schlepping his keyboard to the temple, and making sure the sound system was set up, and to Eljay for everything that he does, always! And of course, thanks to Jill MacGregor for organizing the break-fast list and to all those who brought delicious food. You know it’s a success when the police officer not assigned to the final services showed up to eat with us!

In addition to our usual Friday night services and all of the holidays, we also had a special Havdalla service at Duo Winery and our Sukkot service.

Rabbi Deborah continued her series on Jewish Death/Dying with sessions dealing with the Jewish view of the afterlife. Feel free to attend, even if you have not been to previous sessions. If you are interested in attending, please get a copy of the book “Does the Soul Survive?” by Rabbi Elie Kaplan Spitz. The schedule for October is the 7th, 21st, and 28th, all at 9:45 a.m. Religious school began in September and we have a great group of kiddos attending! Thank you to all of the teachers who give up their Sunday mornings for the kids.

Did you see the Houston Chronicle article, featuring TBT? If not, please check it out!

The next meeting of the TBT board will be on October 10 at 7 p.m.

Please join us for services every Friday night. The first Friday of the month starts at 6:30 p.m. and all others begin at 7:00. We’d love to see you!

If you haven’t heard, we will be saying bon voyage to Nancy Schwartz, as she embarks on a huge adventure, teaching in China for a year. We look forward to hearing about this amazing opportunity, as she keeps in touch via Facebook. We will all miss her, but time is going by so fast, she’ll be back before you know it! Thank you, Nancy, for your years of leadership with Sisterhood, and welcome Harriet Hayes, as the new Sisterhood president!

Have a great month, everyone!

Stuart Eisen,

TBT President