President’s Message

Oct 2015 The Arc – (Berland)


What do you say when the cycle of high holidays has reached its annual crescendo; the clouds part unexpectedly on Erev Sukkot to reveal an extraordinarily rare and beautiful eclipse of the harvest moon; and our reflective, uplifting and inspiring Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot services have left you feeling more fulfilled, complete, committed and connected –to family, friends, community and congregation –than ever before?

You say, “Thank you!”

Thank you to our Clergy –Rabbi Susie Heneson Moskowitz, Rabbi Marc A. Gellman, Rabbi Rachel Wiesenberg and Cantor Sarene Appelbaum –for guiding us, prodding us, inspiring us and challenging us to be better people and better Jews.

Thank you to our remarkable Music Director, Dr. Joe Graffeo, and to our wonderful Choir – Diane Abramson, Ruth Broitman, Maxine Cohen, Debbie Fratello, Marge Goldin, Sheryl Haber, David Haber, Margie Jablon, Millicent Kugler-Keyser, Jiya Kowarsky, Marylyn Lieberman, Helaine Pomeranz, Joyce Tisman–for their hard work, beautiful voices and inspiring accompaniment to our prayers.

Thank you to our incredibly talented teen band –the “Repenters”–Lauren Kornfeld -vocals, Ethan Udell- guitar, Skyler Sands- bass, Max Wells -drums, Justin Wieder- piano –for their hard work and for making our Family Services perfect and appealing across the generations. Thank you to our masterful shofar blowers Alec Newman, Ed Katz, Jeff Kopman, Ruby Kopman, Safrah Levitan, Max Rosenfeld and Meredith Goldstein, who ushered in the New Year and then signaled the conclusion of Yom Kippur so beautifully, and without whom the High Holidays would not be the same. And to Marcus Miller, who sang so marvelously with the Cantor.

Thank you to past Presidents Frannie Freedman, Arthur Wasserspring and Charlie Holzberg who are the masters of complicated logistics, and who, with the help of our dependable and deft ushers, always make our High Holiday services flow perfectly and flawlessly.

Thank you to our administrative staff –Kathy George, Ronnie Wolf, Patty LaSorsa and Robin Farbman –and to our maintenance team –Rick K, Lenny, Yuri and Danny –who literally keep the place going seven days a week and work even harder –if that’s possible –getting us ready for and then during the High Holidays.

And thank you to the many, many others who work so hard all year to keep Temple Beth Torah the vibrant, stimulating and welcoming place that it is: our David Joshua Berg Nursery School Director, Jen Fusco; our Director of Youth Engagement, Jodi Mishkin Michaelson; our Librarian, Linda Saltzman; our Religious School and Pre-School faculties; our Temple and JTV officers and board members; our committee Chairs and committee members; our many, many adult and youth volunteers; and each and every one of our congregants. Without everyone’s hard work and dedication, none of the many things we do would be possible.

Again, we invite you to become ever more involved in the life of our Temple community.

And to all who have already contributed to this year’s Kol Nidre fund drive, thank you for your generosity. If you haven’t given yet, it’s not too late –just contact the Temple office.

L’Shanah Tovah –may the year ahead be a sweet one!