May 2016:

This is the last message in the bulletin while I am still President of TBS.

This column is titled, The President’s Message”. I was never told what the message should be. Was it a column of giving advice (Dear Abby?) or my favorite recipes this time of year for outdoor grilling?

Thank you for the privilege of being President of TBS these past two years.

After 4 years of sitting on the Bimah, 2 years as Ritual VP and these last 2 years as President, it will be good to sit next to my wife again.

I will miss the chit chat while sitting next to the Rabbi. I will not miss getting to shul before the others to make sure everything is in place and I will not miss being last man out on Friday evenings.

So what message do I give, very simple. Be yourself, enjoy what you have, and don’t worry about what others have or say.

If you have your health, if you have family and if you have friends, you are as rich as any king.

Sy Kaplan