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As the winter months arrive, we offer our best wishes to those of you traveling to warmer climates: peace and good health.

If you leave before the end of January you will miss our rescheduled Annual Meeting originally scheduled for December 2018. The change of date was due to delays in assembling all of the financial information needed to complete our year end filings to the Government. As you will see at the rescheduled meeting, the delay was not related to any financial problem. We met our financial targets!

Over the past months our Executive and Board have been extremely busy. We are working towards improving and expanding our Temple website. We are setting our staff needs and office hours for 2019. We are planning several themed Shabbats like the well-attended Yiddish and Montreal programs. We continue to review and address operational issues such as lighting and security in the wake of the Pittsburgh tragedy.

Looking ahead we have already begun to plan for Purim and Passover. This year we are once again hosting a Passover Second Seder dinner at Temple. Watch for announcements so you can register early to reserve your place. The Passover Seder has been made possible by donations already received but we welcome your support for the event. A donation would go far towards assisting those who otherwise could not attend.

The level of activity and energy at Temple Israel has never been higher. I want to focus on our December Chanukah party and Share the Warmth which were well attended and supported.

It was heartwarming to see so many families enjoying Chanukah and recognizing the importance of Tzedakah in our community. Thanks to all our members for attending and a special thank you to all of our volunteers.

Special thanks to our Chanukah “latke makers”. This year our VP Programming, Daryl Fridenberg, organized two latke making events: one for our teens and one for members: great fun and excellent results enjoyed by all.

A President’s Message would not be complete without reporting on education programs at Temple Israel. Our adult education program with Stephen State makes Wednesday evenings a real experience at Temple. Our JIC program with Rabbi Dressler has grown to the point where it has outgrown the meeting room and we have a record number of students attending our Religious School including the pre-school program wonderfully delivered by Aileen Wittstein.

Onward we go!!!!

 

— Jason Mandlowitz, President