Broadening congregational involvement will be a focal point of 5774. I’ve appointed Micki Averick, a member of our Board of Trustees, to coordinate all volunteers and make sure you get connected with the right committee, the right task force, or the right group within TBC. We have an e-mail address for her specifically for this purpose. We will make sure that anybody who wants to participate in any way will be able to do so.

No matter what you do, large or small, it contributes to all of us. Your efforts will shape our future. This congregation is full of talented, energetic people. We know we have what it takes to do great things for ourselves, our children, our community. Be involved with us. Rabbi Lipper is here to guide us and we are so fortunate to have this great legacy on which to build. I thank you in advance for your time and hard work.

Synagogues everywhere are searching for new structures instead of standing committees, evolving perhaps more to a task-oriented structure. It’s a concept that is indicative of the way we all lead our busy lives today. We’re trying to figure out how to make that work here -- and we are wide open to suggestions!

However that new structure evolves, there are ongoing functions that have to be performed. Each of us needs to contribute our time somewhere. Every aspect of synagogue life is going to be considered, visited, reviewed during this year. Frankly, without your involvement, not only will we do a poorer job, but we may not get the job done at all. The dedicated people who are doing this work now are all stretched to their limits and we all need your help. We will take each of these broad functions, break them down into smaller tasks so that we are responsive to the lifestyles that I’ve described. We need your fresh voice, your new energy to do this together.

Here are some examples of the questions we need to visit:

  • How do we promote ourselves in the community and attract new members?
  • How do we best utilize our social hall?
  • What kind of dues structure is best?
  • How should the religious school be managed?
  • What should we do with social media?
  • How do we best care for shut-ins in our community?
  • What kinds of adult ed programs do we want?
  • How should our ritual practices change with the rabbinic transition?
  • What should our fund raising strategy be, and what theme for the annual benefit?
  • How ought we revise our by-laws in light of all I’ve discussed here?
  • This isn’t a comprehensive list.

Rather, it is illustrative of a critical question that each of our standing committees are grappling with. I implore you to choose an area of interest and help us figure this all out.

Hillel said : “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?”

Thoughtful, existential questions.

But I can at least answer the last part -- the answer for us is most certainly now.

David Abraham, President