President's Message: December 2013
From The Leadership
Building Community and Connections at Congregation B'nai Shalom:
Introducing Your Congregational Ambassador
It started with "Take a Seat, Make a Friend." Next came "Kesher" -- a three-part program that is currently running to help our newest members meet each other and learn more about our congregation. Rabbi Eiduson has started a "Demo Days" program for parents of our K–6 students to meet together and discuss their vision for learning and for community for their families. Debbi Morin, our Youth Educator, is enriching the community experience of our children with exciting overnights and programs.
These programs are engaging large numbers of students in grades 5–12. These are just some of the ways we are building community and connection across our congregation. Please keep in mind that we are just getting started, and all of these new activities have one goal in mind -- to help us realize the vision of a more connected congregation, deeply committed to building a purposeful community together.
We are pleased to introduce you to the next step in realizing that vision: the ‘"Congregational Ambassador" program. To further our vision of enabling every congregant to find his or her place and build community connections, every household of our congregation now has a member of the Board to serve as his or her ambassador. Our ambassadors seek to:
Be one point of contact for you to learn more about the congregation, help to find answers to questions you may have, and share any feedback you may have that can enhance our community.
Get to know more of our members personally, so that we can serve your needs, and help you find others in our congregation with whom you can connect.
Bring members together through personal outreach to help them better enjoy congregational celebrations and social events that take place throughout the year.
Help empower you to share innovative ideas that have potential for the life of our congregation.
In the coming few months, expect an introductory e-mail and phone call from your Congregational Ambassador reaching out to introduce him or herself. We hope that this will be the start of a meaningful association that could open the doors to many new possibilities for our community. We very much hope that you will be a part of it, and help Congregation B'nai Shalom realize the vision of community life that we all seek for ourselves and for each other.
Rabbi Rachel Gurevitz, Rabbi Joe Eiduson, Abby Mayou, Gordon Manning, Your Board of Directors