President’s Message

Can you believe that it’s already January? And 2019? Oy! Time is moving way too quickly.

As you are reading this, several of us are being thrilled by the sights and magnificence of Israel.  We can’t wait to get back and share all of the things that we are experiencing.

After being rained out on the original night, we held our Chanukah service the following evening.  What a beautiful event!  Many thanks go out to Myrna Reingold, Jon Zelon, and Deb Nowinski, for leading us in a night of song, honoring the seventh night of the Festival of Lights.  Thanks also to those who brought goodies to eat, and to Nancy Schwartz and crew for decorating the sanctuary.

About 10 weeks ago, after our Interfaith Service following the tragedy in Pittsburgh, Don Maierson suggested that we set up a special account for security expenses.  Don was kind enough to kick off the fund with a donation of $100.  This was a great idea, and the board enthusiastically supported it.  I would like to invite all who are interested to make donations to this account, which has been set up to be a “dedicated” fund, not to be used for any other purpose.  Having this account well funded will prevent the necessity for us to make last-minute appeals to pay for police officers at special services, or for other security needs.  I thank you in advance for helping to beef up this account.

We look forward to having Don Piper speak to us on January 20.  See Rabbi Deborah’s message for more details.

Be on the lookout for info regarding the Chicken Soup Cook-Off, to be held on January 27.  It’s always a fun-filled morning.  Enter your favorite soup recipe and/or just come and enjoy tasting the delicious selections.

Planning for the Purim Carnival is in full swing. It will be held on March 24t at Congregation Shaar Hashalom.  You will soon be receiving requests for sponsorships and other assistance.  I know that you all will band together to make this the best carnival ever.  Thank you to Dave Salinsky, Nancy Harris, and Jill MacGregor for taking the lead as our committee representatives.

Our community Passover Seder will again be held at Bay Oaks Country Club on April 19.  Mark your calendars and plan to bring in Pesach with our TBT family.

Finally, I was going to suggest that you all make a New Year’s resolution to attend services and events at TBT, but, who keeps their resolutions?  So, I won’t recommend that.  Hahaha!  Have a wonderful and safe New Year!

Stuart