President Message March 2017

Plans are in place to bring PALS into CBS. I am so excited to announce that we are moving forward with plans to open a preschool — the Play and Learn School at Congregation B’nai Shalom (PALS at CBS). I know that this will be a dynamic way to bring more young families into our community and to ensure we have a Jewish preschool program available in the Metrowest area.

With Rabbi Joe and our committee of volunteers, we will be hiring a director who will integrate Jewish values for education, social action, and generosity to others into a preschool program that will also serve the needs of working parents. PALS will also help the congregation in expanding the Early Childhood programming that we are able to offer at CBS. A Jewish preschool enhances our ability to engage with families and their budding learners.

Thank you all for sharing your thoughts and concerns through our evaluation process. I am confident that the proposal that was shaped and that the Board reviewed meets the future needs of our congregation and ensures the program can grow in a financially responsible manner.
A huge thank you goes out to the preschool task force chair Steven Goldstein, along with the rest of the task force members: Renee Gould, Pat Rosenthal, Paul Silverman, Steven Schimmel, Susan Hojlo, Kevin Heaps, Tarah Joseph and Lori Oesterreither, along with Rabbi Joe Eiduson and Temple Administrator Steve Winer.

Over the coming months, we will continue to update you about our new developments — through the bulletin and through our weekly emails. You can also review a summarized Board presentation at the link at the bottom of this article.

Additionally, we are holding informational meetings on Thursday, March 2 at 7 pm and Sunday, March 5 at 10 am to provide further opportunities to learn more about the plans for PALS and address any questions you may have. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me at

Allison Orenstein