President’s Message

Oct 2015 Board Installation – (Berland)

Clergy, Rabbi Freelander, JTV and Temple board members –families, friends, congregants Shabbat Shalom –

Among other things, I have been asked to report on the state of our congregation. I am happy to report that the state of our congregation is good; actually, the state of our congregation is . . . I’m going to say “phenomenal,” but you can pick your own superlative.

Our finances are stable – in fact, we’re performing better than budget, in the positive way. Membership is steady, on some metrics ahead of last year, and better than previous periods. All good. And we are unquestionably poised for even greater things in the year ahead..

But more important, I think, than the dry statistics, is the fact that the vitality of our congregation, the level of engagement across all age groups, and the degree of member involvement in the life of our Temple community are all extraordinary.

Our speakers series, our Rabbis’ classes, our B’nai Mitzvah program, our Mishpacha University, our back pack drive, our participation in Help Suffolk Day, our work with the Gerald Ryan Outreach Center and Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, our food collection for the Mercy Inn, our annual rummage sale, our purchase of a fully equipped ambucycle for United Hatzalah, our fun fundraisers, . . . . I could go on and on. All extraordinary.

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