President’s Message

Sept 2014-a The Arc  – (Berland)

Shalom. I hope this message finds you and your family in good health and refreshed as the relative leisure of summer fades into memory and school and work schedules kick back into high gear. Summer always seems to end too soon.

This year, the season has been bittersweet. On the sweet side, Rabbi Moskowitz has moved smoothly and confidently into the role of Senior Rabbi, setting the wheels in motion for great things in the coming year. Summertime Shabbat services, in the Dubner Courtyard and under the stars, were beautiful, inspiring, and well attended, and our wonderfully talented congregants Hannah DerAris and Brandon Kaplan, Jodi Siegel, Steve and Jiya Kowarsky, and Debbie Fratello and Sheryl and David Haber filled in admirably for Cantor Appelbaum, who spent part of the summer studying in Jerusalem.

Grateful thanks to Mary Resnick Chan, Randy Bender and Janice Hassenfeld for representing TBT so well over the summer with the community service projects they organized and led, and to everyone who pitched in. Grateful thanks, as well, to Cindy Kaplan and Aimee Goldstein for the mid-July reception they conceived, planned and hosted in honor of Rabbi Moskowitz at Jewel Restaurant, a hugely successful event that brought together nearly two hundred congregants, friends and well-wishers for a wonderful evening; Kudos to Cindy, Aimee and everyone who contributed to this wonderful occasion. In addition, the new caterer, Gala Event NYC, is now fully up and running.

Still more is scheduled for the fall, including our first-ever multi-synagogue Golf Outing, set for October 6, in partnership with the South Huntington and Dix Hills Jewish Centers. And on October 17, at a very special Friday night service, Rabbi Moskowitz will be formally installed as our Senior Rabbi; planning is well under-way for a weekend of unique festivities to celebrate this joyous occasion in the life of our Congregation, so please mark your calendars for October 17, 18 and 19.

On the other side of things, summer has seen Israel under siege as never before short of all-out war. While the Iron Dome, thankfully, has spared Israel the huge number of casualties Hamas’s rocket onslaught would otherwise have produced, far too many lives have been lost on both sides of this needless conflict, a conflict cynically provoked by a Gazan regime that evidently has as little regard for the lives of its people as it does for Israel’s. Israel needs our support as never before, and under Rabbi Moskowitz’s leadership, we have joined with other local synagogues to help raise money for critical, badly needed ambulances and other live-saving equipment. But more is needed, and in the coming weeks we will be alerting you to many other opportunities to help out and to show your support for Israel in this difficult time.

Surely, the events in the Middle East are a stark reminder of the essential role our Temple community plays in our lives. I hope you and your family will take advantage of everything we have to offer in the year ahead – not just the warm and welcoming Shabbat services that our incomparable clergy lead throughout the year, but our fabulous holiday celebrations, social gatherings, Youth Group, JTV, Sisterhood, Men’s Club, Mishpacha University, speakers’ program, adult learning, TLC@TBT and other social action and Tikun Olam activities, Torah study, social networking, and much, much more. We are here for you. Please join us, please get involved, and please invite your friends and neighbors to do so as well.

Again, I hope this finds you well and ready for the year ahead. I look forward to seeing you at our High Holiday Services and throughout the year. Best wishes to you and yours for a healthy, peace-filled and sweet New Year.