As we move into August, we are preparing the building
for the High Holidays and we are positive that the Religious
Affairs Committee is working very hard to make it another
memorable New Year for all of us.
Our new entry system is in place and the building is just
a little more secure for now. It is important for you to be
patient when you come to the building and the door is not
open. When you are at the door, there will be a camera
and someone in the Synagogue will open the door from
inside to let you in. This was done in an effort to protect
our members and our clergy.
As we go through August, it is incumbent upon us that
we take this time to reflect upon what we have done to help
our fellow members of our Congregation and our community.
Have we done enough? Could we have done more?
We imagine we all could have done more, but we are in a
fight. Look around; life as we knew it no longer seems to
exist. However, instead of succumbing to the negative
forces surrounding us, we should encourage each other to
Rise Above it. We should, by example, reach out and
touch each other in a positive manner. Let us be the ones
to lead by Example.
As we write this article, we are still reeling from the horrific
gun violence we have been experiencing, such as the
latest tragedy involving a sick young man who killed 7 people
in Highland Park, IL., who were merely trying to celebrate
Independence Day. For your information, this latest
incident took place in the community of Chicago where our
Past President Joel Glickman lives. So, as we reflect on
what we want for our future, please remember and pray for
all in the past year who have been victims of these horrible
So, as we look back over the past year, we need to be
thankful for what we have. We need to do more to help our
members and do what we can to help our Synagogue. On
behalf of myself and my wonderful wife Mary (who edits all
my writing) & Carol, we wish all of you a wonderful August!
Your Vice Presidents
Jesse, Carol and Mary