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Neither snow, nor sleet, nor rain, nor night shall deter the Temple Israel Board from its work. At our January 27, 2019, Board meeting we addressed a large number of issues. From a financial perspective, our dues received year to date are virtually “bang-on” what was projected in our 2018-2019 budget. From an operational perspective, it was agreed we would proceed, in the Spring, with an external lighting and security review and we would immediately take the next steps in redesigning our Website.

The Board has approved a Nominating Commitee (Susan Dean, Margie Wienburg and Ailene Wittstein) to address upcoming vacancies on our Executive and Board. If you are interested in learning how you can participate on the Nominating Commitee or are interested in serving our Congregation, please feel free to contact any member of the Committee.

Education initiatives are robust including our Religious School, teen program, adult education, pre-kindergarten experience, and JIC.

Over 60 people attended our Chanukkah Party and participated in our Share the Warmth activities. Our Book Club meets monthly and, I can personally attest, provides a unique experience to discuss meaningful Jewish issues.

Services have been well attended for our themed Shabbats and for Friday evening religious school student participation.

We are busy planning for Purim and Passover. We are committed to a Passover Second Seder for April 20, 2019. In order to keep our costs as low as possible AND to ensure that no member of Temple Israel is excluded for financial reasons, please consider a Passover donation and/or sponsorship. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Finally, we are well along in our fundraising efforts towards the Zimmerman Special Project: the celebration of their 50th Anniversary and the construction of a new, atractive, and mobile Holy Day ark. If you have not yet donated to this important project please consider this for 2019.

Best wishes to you and your family. Until we are together for services, events and celebrations!!!

 

— Jason Mandlowitz, President