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From Our President – A look forward

Dear Congregation B'nai Shalom Community,

I am truly looking forward to serving as Congregational President for the next two years. 

I would like to thank Allison Orenstein for her tireless work over the last two years as President and the returning and outgoing board members who have put so much time and energy into B'nai Shalom. Thank you, also, to all of you who encouraged me to take on this responsibility and have offered your time, support, coaching and contributions. 

 bit about me and my family: Stacey and I, and our three children, Courtney, 14, Sadie, 12, and Nina, 9, have lived in Westborough for nearly six years, and we were in Grafton prior to that. We have been members of the congregation for about eight years now. I grew up in West Hartford, Connecticut and was a member of Beth El Temple, a very large conservative congregation. My wife Stacey grew up in Sudbury and was an early member of Congregation B'nai Torah where Rabbi Joe's wife is now the Rabbi. 

I truly enjoy being a part of the Congregation B'nai Shalom, and I am excited about what is ahead of us. Over the last few years, our infrastructure has finally caught up to our size. When I first joined the Board of Directors almost five years ago, much of our focus was on operational matters. Our front office, technology, administration, religious school leadership, and ritual leadership are now organized in a way to support our 450+ member families. The recent implementation of ShulCloud was the biggest single leap forward. Having our operations and infrastructure in order will allow us to focus on the future of Congregation B'nai Shalom in our 40th year. You will be hearing a lot more about our 40th year plans very soon.
In addition to our team of Rabbis, Educators, Executive Director, and staff, much of our programming is run by volunteers from our congregation. All our volunteers have one or some of these things in common: job, spouse, lawn, kids, kids' sports, pets, vacations, in-laws, medical conditions, health club memberships, charity work, dinner plans, memberships, taxes, grandchildren, kitchen remodeling, sick loved ones, and lack of free time. With that said, I have a request for all our congregants: When you see our volunteers, please thank them for what they do for the B'nai Shalom community. Our volunteers do such amazing things and so generously donate their time. 

Also, for those looking for volunteer opportunities, please reach out. We will gladly match you to an area that meets your interest and we will make sure that you have time for lawns, kids, sports, grandchildren, book club... .

I look forward to working with Rabbi Gurevitz, Rabbi Eiduson, Steve Winer, the rest of our staff, and the incoming and returning Board of Directors, and our many volunteers. 

L'shalom, Rob Blumberg
president [at] cbnaishalom.org

Sat, May 26 2018 12 Sivan 5778