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From Our President - Some Thank Yous

Welcome to summer!

I would like to share a few thank yous and updates with you.

On May 17, we hosted our 40th Anniversary Festival Day, with food trucks, live music, children’s games, and entertainment. We had hundreds who attended throughout the day, including members, past members, the local community, and even people that drove by and thought it looked like fun. Thank you to the Festival Day team of Nancy Bosco, Cheryl Kasof, Carole Grayson, and Rabbi Gurevitz. Also enormous thanks to Lisa Marcus Jones, Sharon Goldstein, and Steven Goldstein for their work on the music festival; Cheryl Pouliot on children’s entertainment; and Steve Winer for truly spectacular support on logistics, security, permitting, and many other details. We also had a number of volunteers that day who helped us with set-up, breakdown, security, parking, first-aid, and other key volunteer roles. All of these events rely on our terrific volunteers.

Thank you to the 2019 Confirmation Class for their $600 donation to Friday Night Lights. I had the pleasure of attending the Service of Confirmation on June 8. We had eighteen in our Confirmation class. I enjoyed listening to them speak about their experiences at B’nai Shalom, and I was struck by the great bond that was formed by the class. On a side note, we received a call the next day from (my wife) Stacey’s parents raving about the service. They were not in attendance, but they joined us through our live stream. I had always considered the live stream a platform for members who can’t join us to attend services, and a great way for college students, the elderly, and others to attend High Holy Day Services. For those who have events coming up where friends and family cannot join us here, the live stream is easy to access, and, according to my mother-in law, a clear feed in both sight and sound. If you would like to know how to access live stream or would like to get someone the link, our temple office is always glad to help out. There is always a link on the CBS home page.

June is the month where our Board of Directors and Executive Team turn over. I would like to thank Alan Erlich and Judy Deane for serving on the Board of Directors. They have all made great contributions to B’nai Shalom and will continue to lead in other roles at CBS. I like to welcome Judy Kalman, Matthew Wein, and Barbara Govendo to the Board of Directors.

Sixty-six — that is the number of 8–12 graders we have signed up to be Madrichim for next year! That is a spectacular number. Thank you to Rabbi Joe, Cheryl Pouliot, Debbi Morin, and our entire team of educators for their terrific work. Our students have so much going on between school, sports, music, theatre, family, volunteer work, etc., and you keep them engaged, enthusiastic and coming back to CBS.

With appreciation,
Rob Blumberg

Thu, July 18 2019 15 Tammuz 5779