A message from Jason Mandlowitz, Temple President

As instability and conflict continues around the world it is important to recognize how lucky we are to live in Canada. As a society we have accomplished so much over the years and it gives me great pleasure to share with you in Canada’s 150th Birthday.

In his poem “The Marshes of Glynn”, Sidney Lanier wrote: “Take courage from the land which God hasgiven you, which has always nourished you, and which is still there, and be comforted.”  Our challenge is not to just take what has been given but to try to improve on it and leave a positive legacy for our children and families. I personally find that being a member of Temple Israel is a significant way toachieve this goal. Whether through prayer, study and education, the continuation of customs, or observance of rituals, there is a reaffirmation of values important to our community.

On behalf of Temple Israel and the Board of Directors, I want to thank our members and supporters for their continuing commitment. In particular, thank you for your continuing financial generosity which has allowed us to establish a balanced budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. But we endeavour to improve our finances to ensure sustainability and the continuation/enhancement of our services and programs.

The new Sustainability Working Group will have met by the time you receive this message. This year, renewed efforts will be made to improve our operating position and to address larger organizational issues such as Executive Committee and Board succession planning. Like so many congregations, we must focus on attracting new lay leaders with fresh ideas to ensure the richness of our future.

The Board will be asked to establish an ex-officio position to reflect youth/young person interests. The Executive Committee and Board will be reviewing how to energize religious school families. The already approved Long Term Financial Planning Committee should begin to take shape to address legacy issues.

Let me provide some updates on what has been accomplished in 2017. Significant work is underway to maintain and upgrade our home at 605 Windermere Road. Communication initiatives continue as we move to a higher technology approach including use of e-mails, electronic messaging and social media. Our Religious School is set to start an exciting new year with enhanced curriculum and musical study. Painting and decoration changes on our third floor await students as they return to classes in September. TheTemple’s former 24 donation funds have been reworked and reduced to 12 to better focus your contributions on our planned priorities. Fundraising events are being planned such as the September 10, 2017, Junk in the Trunk Sale, and our winter Bowling Night and Comedy Night. The Social Action Committee continues to support those in need in the community and we continue to be active with the Interfaith Peace Camp and as a member of the newly formed London Interfaith Network.

Perhaps most importantly is our preparation for High Holy Days. Physical arrangements have already started for our services at theJewish Community Centre. Congregational meals are being planned for Rosh Hashanah. Check the remainder of this bulletin for details. We very much look forward to your participation in all our planned services and activities. Please check the remainder of this bulletin for details.

Jason Mandlowitz, Temple President