President’s Message

Thank you. Gracias. Merci. Mamnoon. Danke. Xie Xie. Todah.

I needed Google to help me pull together a number of ways to say thanks –– just as Congregation B’nai Shalom needs so many of you to pull together to support the programs and services that we provide through the year. On Sunday, May 7, it is our turn to recognize all of the volunteers who give of their time at our annual volunteer recognition breakfast and annual meeting.
Please mark your calendars and join us –– whether you’ve led a committee or helped us with a manageable mitzvah. It is our opportunity to say thank you while we come together to reflect on the year we’ve completed and look ahead to the next fiscal year.
The year was a busy one –– from our fall festivals and apple-picking to our Passover wine-tasting and our community Passover Seder. We developed a business plan to launch a preschool program and hired the founding director of the Play and Learn School (PALS at CBS). We’ve had a ball at the Chocolate Ball and also raised money for the ADL with our Concert for Kindness. And in between we’ve hosted a number of educational programs for both adults and students and kept our sanctuary warmly filled on Friday nights and Saturday mornings.
On Sunday morning May 7, we will also hold our annual meeting, which is our opportunity to review the activities of the year and to discuss a number of matters related to our congregational affairs. We will review our upcoming budget. And we will elect new members to the Board of Directors. Please do make plans to join us for these updates and important vote.
At this time, I want to thank Finance Committee Chair Larry Samberg and the other Finance Committee members, along with Treasurer Carole Grayson, VP of Finance David Schultz, and Temple Administrator Steve Winer for the hard work in assembling this year’s budget and in the work they do throughout the year in helping to manage the overall budget.
I look forward to seeing many of you at the volunteer recognition breakfast and annual meeting. If you have questions prior, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at
Allison Orenstein