I begin my first letter to you with wishes for a healthy and happy New Year. May we all find joy as the year unfolds. For my first letter, I would like to share with you the short speech I gave at the Annual General Meeting in June because it sums up my expectations for this coming year:
I am really delighted to be taking on this responsibility at this stage in my life. Temple is a fascinating place. It is full of interesting people, stimulating ideas, challenging opportunities, and the prospect of increasing one’s spiritual dimensions.
I am looking forward to entering the arena, making a contribution, and having personal growth. It is nice at my age to have that expectation. Whether it is fulfilled is beside the point, having hope is what matters. And to me, that is what Judaism is all about, having hope. It is at the core of all of our beliefs.
I have many hopes for this congregation. I hope we finish the kitchen to everyone’s satisfaction, or at least most people’s satisfaction. I hope I don’t make too many mistakes or that too many people won’t know about the mistakes I do make. I hope that the wonderful board you have just voted in, will enjoy working with each other and will take pride in the contributions they are making. I hope that this will be a year of joy and sharing positive experiences in the congregation as a whole. I hope all of you will take the time to participate and enrich your lives with what the Temple can offer you and what you can offer the Temple. I look forward to a year of mizvot for all of us.