December 2018: From TBS President Josh Weissman

We are all aware of the shooting at the Tree of Life at the end of October, as well as the recent escalation of hate crimes throughout the country. Whether we label these violent acts “hate crimes” or “domestic terrorism”, their intent is the same – to instill the public with fear and to bully their targets into giving up and disappearing. However, the people and groups who commit these acts have a 100% failure rate. Not only do they never achieve their objectives, they always strengthen the resolve of those targeted. Since the shootings, not only has attendance not declined, my observation is that it has increased. The activity level in the New Haven Jewish community has been greater since the shooting, not less.

  November 2018: From TBS President Josh Weissman

Every year, as we head toward Thanksgiving, our thoughts often turn to giving back to our communities and to helping those less fortunate than ourselves. Giving back and contributing to our communities at this time of year can take a myriad of forms, like volunteering at a Soup Kitchen or donating to a Food Pantry, to donating winter clothes or unopened toys at drives for children who may not be able to afford them. At TBS, we also have various programs established through our Social Action, one of our most active committees, focusing on Tikkun Olam, making the world a better place.

  September 2018: From TBS President Josh Weissman

Growing up, most, if not all of us, played “Follow the Leader”. It is my hope that more of us will take turns being leaders and followers. Active synagogue involvement can be achieved through both leading and following, Becoming involved, however, does not necessarily mean involvement on the Board of Directors. In June, I was thrilled to see that many Board positions, including officers, were filled by people who have either not served on the Board previously, or decided to return after a hiatus.

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