President’s December 2017 Column

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

With winter approaching, your board is making sure the synagogue is ready to withstand the freezing temperatures and blowing winds.  We’ve made repairs to the boiler system and radiators, checked the roof, and are doing other various maintenance to make sure the building is safe, warm and dry.

Next time you stop by the synagogue, take a closer look at the needlepoint in the upper sanctuary. The two Marc Chagall windows on the left and the tapestry on the right were made by Sisterhood many years ago. Although Sisterhood has since disbanded, Barbara Ettinger told me about how the ladies in the group put it together, including herself, Joan Greenblatt, Belle Lipsky, Arlene Becker, Goldina Estes, Ruth Schwartz, and possibly others. Ruth was in charge of the project. She drew out the design, chose the colors, and made sections for each lady to stitch. Some did multiple sections.  Then, Ruth took the completed sections, bound them back together, and finished the needlepoints so they were ready to hang on the walls. It took several months to complete the project, and it was all done by Temple Judah members. These unique pieces of art showcase the talent of our members, and the beauty that can be created by working together.

As a reminder, Traditional Services in December will be shifted to the first Saturday of the month.  Both Rabbi Todd and myself will be in Boston for the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) Biennial December 6-10, so services will be held the weekend prior. In January, Traditional Services will resume normal schedule on the second Saturday of the month. Speaking of which, I am very excited to be making my first trip to the URJ Biennial! There are many events planned for each day, including workshops, learning sessions, prayer services, and networking. In particular, I’m looking forward to hearing the thought-provoking speakers at the Biennial.

Don’t forget to join us for the Hanukkah dinner on Sunday December 17th at 6 pm!  Brian Cohen and his crew will be making latkes. Bring a dish to share and see the Bulletin or weekly Shaliach for details!