These are excerpts from Congregation Beth El President: Judi Goldberg which were included in her message in the latest bulletin
As the days begin to get longer, as we enjoy a bit more daylight, and as we move into February, Congregation Beth El has a very active calendar of events. We enjoyed a delightful welcome to Temple Emanu-El, along with Solomon Schechter Academy in late January. We had a collaborative Havdalah service, music by Harvey Snitkin, and delicious desserts. It was a time to enjoy the company of old friends and make new friends, and to strengthen our vibrant Jewish community. We also enjoyed a Just for Kiddush communal meal and collaborated with Beth Jacob on a musical Kabbalat Shabbat service with our wonderful Cantor Anna, followed by a musical Shabbat Shirah that included our children along with adult singers and musicians. Our book club continues to meet regularly, reading insightful books and enjoying great discussions.
In February, we will host a Tu B’Shevat Seder and have our annual Purim Gala, along with another joint service with Beth Jacob, and hosting our Cantor biweekly. There are many such opportunities to connect with each other on a daily basis, including daily minyan services. On one recent Monday night we had 35 show up to support their fellow members in saying Kaddish. Many stayed long after the service, connecting with each other in a tremendous show of support.
Most importantly, we will be holding the first phase of a Visioning Exercise by facilitating a workshop on Sunday February 4 from 2:00 – 4:00 at Crossroads Presbyterian Church. Ian Frommer and trained facilitators will help us to review our mission and vision, define goals, and ultimately help us plan for our future direction. Please join us for an in-depth discussion and snacks. It is essential that all of your voices are heard as we embark on this project.
Our search committee continues to work on a location for the High Holidays, and we should have some options soon.