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From Our President - 

As we head toward Thanksgiving, with the lights of Hanukkah not far behind, it’s a good time to reflect on all that we have to be thankful for. It’s also a good time to think about how we can bring more light into B’nai Shalom and the communities around us.

When I spoke at Yom Kippur, my ask of our congregation this new year was for each of our 450 families to volunteer. Volunteering can be something inside B’nai Shalom like an event, a committee, an initiative, or program. It can also be something that we do outside of B’nai Shalom.

Nearly everything we do at B’nai Shalom is driven by volunteers. We are grateful for all of you that give us your time, energy, and passion.
Imagine how much positive change our 450-family congregation can make in our communities by taking action together. We live in contentious times and hear a lot these days about all the things in the world that are wrong — join us, and let’s see what we can accomplish together to be what’s right.

A few things that my wife Stacey and I are involved in that we enjoy:

Northborough Meals
Every month or so, we prepare and serve meals at Trinity Church in Northborough for those less fortunate than us. Bobby and Joel Feinblatt to a terrific job organizing this mitzvah. One of my favorite things is the feedback we receive from the people in attendance. They look forward to the evenings that B’nai Shalom hosts because our volunteer families make such great food. We don’t have a dinner theme — our families make creative wonderful meals, and everyone just loves it. We always need more people to cook and serve.

Friday Night Lights
Stacey has been working as part of a committee to select and procure both the ritual items and the furniture items that the congregation raised money for through the “Friday Night Lights” fundraiser. The Challah board, candlesticks, and Kiddush cups are already in use and they are meeting with furniture designers now.

CBS Cares
This is a terrific program where Congregation B’nai Shalom coordinates meals and helps out with members of our community who may have health issues, a death in the family, a sick child or spouse etc. We collaborate to organize meals, rides, or whatever may be needed.
There are many opportunities in the Congregation to volunteer, and I am certain that we have opportunities to volunteer that will match your interests, passion and available time.

Thank you,
Rob Blumberg

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has ~ Margaret Mead

Thu, November 14 2019 16 Cheshvan 5780