President’s Message

May 2015 The Arc – (Berland)


It seemed as if winter was never going to end, the thermometer refusing to cooperate with the calendar. But whatever the outside temperature may have been, here at TBT the climate could not have been better. March and April were especially activity-packed months, with – to name just some of our many events – wonderful Shabbat services, religious school shabbatons and Shabbat Rock; phenomenal Tot Shabbats; a well-attended, Mardis Gras-themed Casino Night fundraiser that was tremendous fun (and a great opportunity to meet Jennifer Fusco, who will become our Nursery School Director on July 1st); our always-incomparable Purim Carnival; the return of Rabbi Emeritus Marc Gellman to conduct his first – and truly compelling – Scholar-In-Residence program here at TBT; and an inspirational two-day series with noted Mussar scholar Alan Morinis. Thank you to everyone who helped make all of this happen: our tireless clergy, faculty and staff; our kids, parents, committee chairs, members and volunteers; and our friends and visitors from throughout the community. The activities, events and special services didn’t stop there, with Passover bringing with it a Women’s Seder jointly organized by TBT and Regional Hadassah and led and crafted by Rabbis Moskowitz and Wiesenberg and Cantor Appelbaum; a Multi-Cultural Community Seder at the Gerald Ryan Outreach Center in Wyandanch; and, of course, our customary TBT Second Night Seder, which has become a family tradition for many of our members.

As I write our Ambucycle campaign is well underway, and our April 17 Yom Ha’Shoah service and all night vigil was extraordinary – it is always a moving, solemn occasion, as we commemorate the millions who perished in the Holocaust, especially the children whose names we read throughout the night and into morning.

Among the many upcoming special events at TBT are three more installments of our Adult Education and Entertainment Program (“ADEPT”), with comedienne Marjorie Wolf speaking on May 8, author Andrew Kane on June 3, and Vince Russo on Elder car law on June 16; the return on June 5th – 7th of Rabbi Gellman for what will surely be another stimulating and thought-provoking Scholar-in- Residence weekend; the Emunah service and sermon (delivered this year by Steve Kowarsky); and a special Shabbat service and program on June 19 to honor Zelda Miller, who, after over 20 years, will be retiring as Director of our David Joshua Berg Preschool. There’s also Graduation/JTV Honors on Friday, May 15, Confirmation on Tuesday, May 26 and Nursery School Graduation on Thursday, June 11 and our annual Golf Outing on July 27. And that’s just a sampling of the many fun, educational and fulfilling things going on at TBT.

As I’ve said before, without the participation and financial support of our members, the many programs, events, activities, social occasions and acts of tikun olam, tzedakah and gemilut hasadim that make TBT such a special place would not be possible. Again, on behalf of the entire congregation, thank you for your generosity. I encourage everyone to become involved in our congregational life and temple governance. We will be holding our Annual Congregational meeting in June, and I hope to see you there. Further details can be found in this issue of The Arc and on the Temple’s website – TBTNY.Org – or by contacting the Temple office at 643-1200. And remember, you are always welcome to attend our Board meetings, which are open to all congregants and are normally held on the fourth Monday of each month, usually starting at 7:30 pm. (Monthly agendas can be obtained from the Temple office.)

Enjoy the rest of the year and summer.

Best regards, and l’shalom, to all, Sandy