I am grateful to report that our Pot Luck Dinners have been extremely successful so far. We have hosts for December, January and March lined up, so it looks like we are in good shape. We have been averaging about 18 people per dinner, which is a great number, and the facilities at the Buddhist Church of Marysville have proven to be more than sufficient for our needs. Hopefully we can sustain this program not only through the rest of this year, but in years to come. A great big THANK YOU to those who have already hosted, and to those who have signed up to do so. Please let me know if/when you would be interested in hosting one of these dinners.
At this point in time, we have not planned a Hanukkah dinner, but that doesn’t mean we won’t do so in the coming weeks. Hanukkah begins the evening of December 24th, so if you haven’t purchased your candles yet, there is plenty of time to do so. If anyone is interested in planning a dinner at a local restaurant, or hosting one at your home, please let me know.
Our planned Holiday Community Service event will again be to help serve breakfast for those in need at Saint Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (Franklin Avenue, just west of Winco) in Yuba City. The event will be on Sunday, December 25th, with doors opening at 8 AM. Due to the Church having Sunday services, the event has been changed from a brunch to breakfast, allowing sufficient time for cleanup and preparations for Sunday services. We had a great turnout last year, and hope to do so again, despite the earlier hour.
As most of you know, Rabbi Alan has decided to ‘retire’ from leading High Holiday services. He has been conducting these grueling services for forty years – quite an accomplishment – and feels that the long preparation process and hours on the bimah are too demanding. We are thankful for the past High Holidays where Rabbi Alan has presided over our services, and are happy that he wishes to continue as our Rabbi during the rest of the year. With this said, your Board is taking steps to find alternatives for our High Holiday rabbinic needs. We should have plans in early Spring 2017.
Tony Kurlan, President
Dear Members and Friends of Congregation Beth Shalom,
Our new fiscal year begins on July 1st. Attached is a Cover Letter and Membership Form to mail your payment in addition to the 2016-2017 schedule of services.