As Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are rapidly approaching I feel it is an honor to be the President of Temple Ner Shalom. As I participate more in the daily needs and activities of our congregation, I am awestruck by the commitment of our members who come up to me and ask “What does the Temple need?” or they say “This is what I am able to do." I reflect over these comments and feel how lucky we are, not only to live in an incredible place, but also to know such wonderful and committed people. The unique members of Temple Ner Shalom exhibit passion and loyalty helping in any way they can for which I am thankful for their support. I look forward to the New Year working with our long standing members and our new members alike. Sharon Wolffhas made amazing headway in planning and coordinating the Religious School program along with many of the parents who work with her to ensure Jewish learning for our youth. This will be a good year, with new families, new babies and renewed enthusiasm. We now have three generations of members: founding members, their children and now their grandchildren. We are working onthe addition to our building in the near future, which will be called The Irving Klein Community Room. This will provide additional space for the activities of our growing congregation.
The hiring of Rabbi Daniel Chornywas a primary goal of the Board that came to fruition this year. His davening and comments on Torah readings, guidance on Halacha and Jewish customs along with his involvement in our new adult class and Religious school are a great and welcome addition to TNS.
I have a wonderful circle of family and friends, and Temple Ner Shalom adds another wonderful dimension to not only my life but in fulfilling the lives of our members. Each of us have different interests and different touch-points to connect with Temple Ner Shalom. There are different levels of commitment to practice; and different ways in which we want to make the world a better place. Everyone seems to be a part of the puzzle that fits together perfectly.
We welcome all who come to Temple Ner Shalom knowing we have a spiritual home in which we can gather together.
I wish all of you a New Year filled with joy, community and fulfillment.