President’s Message

Nov 2014 The Arc – (Berland)

On Friday night, October 17, in a huge outpouring of love and support, our Congregation installed Rabbi Susie Heneson Moskowitz as our fourth Senior Rabbi, succeeding Rabbi Marc Gellman, who had served in that role for 33 years. It was a beautiful service, with performances by the TBT Band, under the direction of Cantor Sarene Appelbaum and Dr. Joseph Graffeo, including a very special musical piece prepared for the installation by the Cantor and Dr. Graffeo. In addition to the Rabbi’s children, Ari and Shira, and her husband, Rabbi Steven Moskowitz, speakers included our own Rabbi Rachel Wiesenberg, Gila Hadani-Ward of the Union for Reform Judaism, who presented a letter of congratulations from Rabbi Rick Jacobs, the President of the URJ, and special guest Rabbi Howard Shapiro, Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Israel in West Palm Beach and (among many other things) a lecturer at Florida Atlantic University’s Life Long Learning Society.

The Oneg Shabbat that followed the installation service was a tremendous opportunity for further com-munity building and served that purpose extremely well, as did the dinner-dance on Saturday night. And Sunday’s Mitzvah Fair, held right after Mishpacha University, was a great success, raising money for Larger Than Life, with whom we’re partnering to provide TV’s for a pediatric oncology B’nai Zion Medical Center in Haifa. Big thanks to the installation committee and to everyone who pitched in to make these events so rewarding, satisfying and, frankly, fun.
By the way, it’s not too late to subscribe to the Scroll of Honor that will commemorate our Senior Rabbi’s formal installation. Please contact the Temple office for details.

We are truly blessed to have Ravsusie as our Senior Rabbi. There is no one more committed to the spiritual health and well being of our congregation and no one more connected to every facet of our congregational life.

Stay tuned. There’s much, much more planned in the months ahead.