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From Our President - 

Dear Congregation B’nai Shalom,

I must admit I am a little short on material this month. It’s probably the combination of twenty months of unique Connection articles and that it is, in fact, my busiest time of year with my day job. It happens! I am going to share a few thoughts and highlights.

Everyone should have received or will be receiving their paper invitation to the Masquerade Murder Mystery fundraiser on April 4 at Higgins Armory in Worcester. Rabbi Guervitz, Steve Winer, and I have spent a lot of time with the team of volunteers who are organizing the event. There are few certainties in this life, but one of them is that this event is going to be nothing short of awesome! You can buy your tickets online at

For those of you that donated to the Friday Night Lights fundraiser last year, all of the ritual items are in use, including a challah plate, candlesticks, and kiddush cups. The new bookcases and displays are a little delayed but we are expecting them in March. Both are being custom built for us. I would once again like to thank all the donors, the Fabulous at 40rty team, and the Friday Night Lights committee. Although this has taken a little longer than expected, the ritual items and woodworking are worth the wait.

The Nominating Committee is actively working to identify new lay leaders in the congregation for the Board of Directors. We have to replace a few people that will term out and others that will retire after many years on our leadership team. Please let me know if you are interested in being a part of our leadership team or other volunteer opportunities. I would like to thank Gordon Manning, Ross Leibowitz, Shari Bedar, Laura King, and Laurie Fromer for stepping up to lead the nominating committee.

We are planning to add some additional volunteer resources for the building and security. It is time to rebuild these committees. As the building continues to age, we need to make sure that we have a long-term plan for maintenance, updates, and general infrastructure. More recently we have had a security task force, but it is important that security has a standing committee with sustained attention. Over the years, we have implemented many security processes and measures. The safety of our congregation and guests is a top priority at all times. We are looking for volunteers who have experience and expertise that can contribute to the building and/or security. Please reach out to me at if you would like to volunteer.

Rob Blumberg

Sat, May 30 2020 7 Sivan 5780