I am six months into my first term as your president and I wanted to fill you in on some of the efforts that have been going on behind the scenes. Before I do let’s start with a couple of very visible events that have gotten me excited in the past couple of weeks. A week ago Friday night, we hosted an incredibly well attended ECC Shabbat & Community dinner and I was thrilled to see both the children’s interaction with Cantor Goldberg and Rabbi Dalton, and to get a chance to meet so many new families at dinner. This was followed by a Rythym and Ruach service and a wonderful interfaith discussion with fellow clergy members from Rabbi Arnowitz’s recent trip. Two days later, we held our first adult Game Night in 3 years. Hearty thank yous to all the volunteers who made these great programs possible. I’d also like to offer my congratulations to the “Shlomo Goes to Hollywood” team for their dominating victory in the trivia event!
Although there are literally hundreds of things going on at the same time, I will try to limit these columns to just one subject. This one will focus on Adult Education. The Strategic Planning team is in the midst of analyzing the results of our meetings and surveys. It is clear from the early findings that our membership desires more entry-level learning for adults and so we’re getting an early start on that. Courtesy of our newly formed Adult Education Committee you will soon be seeing some approachable learning opportunities including “Everything you always wanted to know about _____ but were afraid to ask” which will start in the spring. On February 6th, our Spiritual Life Committee will host a learning session, open to the entire community regarding inclusion and Judaism, that should not be missed. You will also soon see an announcement about our Scholar in Residence weekend – being redesigned for members of all ages and being held the weekend of 4/28-30. We’d love additional volunteers. If you want to get involved with any of these efforts, please write to me at Larry@WJCenter.org
We just started the month of Shevat, so wishing you a joyous Tu B’Shvat (new year of the trees) to all of you!