The upcoming year poses a couple of challenges to us as a congregation. Our Rabbi, Alan Greenbaum, has decided after forty wonderful years he is no longer able to prepare and conduct High Holiday services. While we deeply regret this, we are delighted that he is remaining with us for his regular monthly stint as our spiritual leader.
Knowing that finding the right Rabbi to lead us in prayer, your Board of Directors is working to find a replacement. We have started a search, and have a meeting scheduled with our number one choice. We hope to be in a position where we can make an announcement very soon. Stay tuned for more information.
We are also working on visiting Rabbis for our services in June and July, when Rabbi Alan is on vacation. More on that as it becomes firm.
On a positive note, our new Pot Luck Dinners at the Marysville Buddhist Church (125 B Street) before our Shabbat services has been a great success. The program, which began in September, has proved to be very popular, and we continue to draw upwards of 18-20 participants each month. The Pot Luck starts at 6 PM, allowing us plenty of time to have a leisurely dinner before heading over to the synagogue for the 7:30 Shabbat services.
The winter weather has provided much needed rain for our reservoirs and snow for the snowpack which will provide our water needs throughout the Spring, Summer and Fall. While we have had some pretty drenching rains, there are most likely more to come. It doesn’t hurt to be prepared, with food, blankets, flashlights, etc. should we temporarily lose electricity, and also an emergency kit should evacuation become necessary. And – don’t forget to have food and bedding for your pets!
On behalf of the Board of Directors, I wish each of you a very healthy, happy and prosperous 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.