President’s Column January 2019

Happy New Year!

Religious school is on break until January 6th. When students return, grades 4 and up will be working on a tikkun olam project with Amy Belice. They will be coloring kites with hopeful messages, which will be delivered to kids in war torn areas later this month.  This kite project is the initiative of a University of Iowa graduate, Jason Everett, who will also be delivering the kites. A link will be shared to the community when images of the kites are posted to his website.

Lt. Fields presented two active threat training  sessions last month. I personally found his information to be helpful – he gave tips on what to do in an active threat situation and things you can do to stay aware of your surroundings everyday. I believe we had about 40 congregants who attended the active threat training sessions. Thank you to those who coordinated and scheduled the training and all those who attended.

At the Hanukkah dinner in December, we had a wonderful turnout and packed the house! We had about 80 people in attendance. Thank you to Brian Cohen and crew for frying latkes and a huge thank you to those who set up and cleaned up afterwards. Your efforts made a fantastic evening!

We have several upcoming events this month! The first weekend in January is the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s 7th Annual Temple Judah Winter Preview Concert. It’s sure to once again be a lovely event. Thank you to Lena for organizing it and bringing a little publicity to Temple Judah. It is a free event which is open to the public. On January 18th at 5:30 pm, Hadassah is hosting a Tu B’Shevat seder at Temple Judah. See the bulletin or Shaliach for details and to RSVP.

L’shanah Tovah 2019!