FROM OUR EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:
During the High Holy
Days, I reflected about the many Rosh Hashanas in my past. As a
child, holidays were multi-generational family gatherings at my grandfather’s
home in Fall River, Mass. Our family attended the conservative temple together,
but I would accompany my grandfather to the Orthodox shul Yom Kippur afternoons. The first time I went
with him, I was surprised by the crowd gathered out front listening to the
World’s Series on transistor radios. As a teenager attending services at the
Emanuel Synagogue in Hartford, breaks from services meant joining friends hanging
out in Keney Park. My mother always rushed us every morning so she could get a
seat in the front of the sanctuary. It was a tough habit for her to break at
Congregation Beth Ahm, because there are always seats available in the front.
I have been a member of
Congregation Beth Ahm for over 30 years and have seen many changes during this
time. My children grew up at Beth Ahm, attended split school sessions on
Sundays, and were involved in our youth groups. At one time, all the Officers
and Directors were men, while the women had an active Sisterhood.
I remember participating in fashion shows, preparing for dinner dances, and
attending annual distinguished service award brunches.
Rabbi Alan is the fifth
rabbi I’ve known at Beth Ahm personally, and he has served us well for the
longest period. Most of our rabbis were recent rabbinic graduates who moved to
larger congregations after a few years in Windsor. I remember many dedicated
volunteers whose names are on our Memorial Boards – officers, board members, and
committee chairs - who helped our synagogue flourish. Board meetings – then as
now – focused on ritual, leadership, membership, education, finances, and
building maintenance. There have been so many times in the past 66 years when
our synagogue struggled, but members stepped up to create solutions. We
continue to deal with many similar issues today as we contemplate our future,
but we are still here to celebrate another new year.
On behalf of the Executive
Committee, Officers, and Board of Directors, we wish you all a happy, healthy,
and satisfying new year.
- Marcia Heneson, Executive