FROM OUR EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:
As I sit in my hotel room, traveling on business once again, I am thinking about how much I miss attending Board and Executive Committee meetings on a regular basis. I know that these meetings can be long and tiring, but just being in the room and talking with fellow members about the synagogue is fulfilling.
Thinking back to all the meetings I have attended over the years, we have talked about everything from upcoming Bar and Bat Mitzvot, how to make the auction better each year, where will the next social be, how are the kids doing in Hebrew school, and when is the next program for them to show us all what they have learned. We also talk about growing membership, building security, decorating the sukkah, and preparations for the High Holy Days. Of course, there have been those sad moments when members have been ill or have passed, and then baby namings, engagements and marriages.
Sitting on the bimah during this most recent Yom Kippur, I looked out at the congregation and took note of us as individuals coming together as a community. I watched and listened to Rabbi Alan, in awe of his commitment to G-d and Judaism and to all of us sitting there. His words reaching out to make a connection with the listeners and giving instructions to help us understand G-d, ourselves and each other, as Ben Waksman said in his note to the Rabbi, “Hineni”.
This letter is all about community and family. That’s what we are and have been for such a long time. In the days and months ahead, let’s continue our commitment to each other, to our Beth Ahm community and the beliefs, life events, sadness and joy that have kept us together for so long.
Steve Feltman, Executive