May 2024: President’s Message

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who joined us on March 30, 2024 in honoring Rabbi Scolnic for his remarkable 40 years of service, dedication, and love for our congregation and community. It was a joyous occasion filled with warmth, laughter, and cherished memories. Here is an excerpt of my welcome message: (more…)

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April 2024: President’s Message

If you’re eager for a glimpse into the Rabbi’s 40th Celebration, you’ll need to wait until the May Bulletin. Meanwhile, let me share highlights from some recent special events at TBS, all occurring on Sundays. (more…)

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March 2024: President’s Message

On March 30, 2024, we will be celebrating 40 years of Rabbi Scolnic’s incredible dedication, care, and love of our congregation and community. We look forward to our entire community being part of this spirited celebration that will include appetizers and a lot of desserts (hence the event being called “40 Years in the Dessert”). (more…)

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February 2024: President’s Message

This month, the Board of Directors will establish the Nominating Committee, which will be tasked with the responsibility of identifying candidates for various vacant offices, positions on the Board of Directors, and Trustee roles. Just like Groundhog Day determines if spring is just around the corner or 6 weeks away, the Nominating Committee determines what’s next for Temple Beth Sholom. (more…)

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January 2024: President’s Message


A week before Hanukkah started, the USCJ, along with the Conservative/Masorti Movement partners, launched a hashtag campaign for Hanukkah to encourage Jews to post symbols of Jewish pride on social media. The campaign was a continuation of the solidarity efforts the Movement has been promoting since October 7, 2023. (more…)

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November 2023: President’s Message

Kol Nidre – High Holiday Message

When I sat down to write my speech, I put on my Andy Grammer Spotify playlist. Andy Grammer is a singer/songwriter known for engaging, energizing, and empowering his audience through songs that have a positive and inspirational message that everyone can relate to.

Last year he released the album called The Art of Joy. One of the songs called “Joy,” conveys a message of resilience, finding happiness in the face of adversity, and cherishing the love and relationships that bring joy into one’s life. In fact, the chorus emphasizes this power of joy, by repeating the phrase “I found joy in my life.”

And, yes, maybe the “Joy” in the song is really Andy Grammer’s wife, but “Joy” can be anyone, anything or anywhere. It can be your friends and your family, the restaurants where you eat, or the things that you do. It can be where you are tonight – Temple Beth Sholom.

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October 2023: President’s Message

“Volunteers don’t necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” – Elizabeth Andrew

Our lay leadership, our committee chairpeople, and our committee members, are all volunteers. They are teachers, lawyers, doctors, real estate agents, nurses, bankers, engineers, artists, retirees—you name it! There are many days when they go from their day jobs, their appointments, and their errands straight to the Temple. (more…)

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September 2023: President’s Message

This summer was not just for rest and relaxation, it was for meetings, planning and getting ready for the upcoming year.

In lieu of a formal meeting in July, members of our Board of Directors joined me for a brainstorming session. We discussed different ideas, including the Back to Shul Open House on August 27th (I hope you were able to attend or will be able to attend the next one), and cleaning and organizing the storage rooms.

If you came to services during the summer, you may have seen that we had many boxes with books and miscellaneous items spread out on multiple tables. We channeled Marie Kondo and spent time cleaning and reorganizing the storage rooms. We have more spaces to tackle, so if you LOVE to organize and would like to help, please contact me…immediately. (more…)

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June 2023: President’s Message

As my first year as president of Temple Beth Sholom comes to a close, I have learned so much from the individuals in this room, on Zoom, and even from those who were not able to come tonight. I’d like to take a moment to recognize them as their efforts are much appreciated. (more…)

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