Thank you very much for the honor of electing me President. I am beginning my fifth year as President of B’nai Israel and I love having this honor. It is a great privilege and responsibility. I have been given a priceless gem and asked to care for it awhile, then pass it on.
Past President Alan Schwartz gave me advice that I keep in mind. Every decision should be based on "What is best for the B'nai Israel community".
The new Officers and Board of Directors are an unsurpassed group. My job is easy because I am surrounded by such brilliant, talented and committed people. Our Spiritual Leader, Rabbi White, is a blessing to us all. I look forward to what we will be able to accomplish for our community in the upcoming year.
As President, my slogan is "help me". I am asking every member to help me lead this community.
Past generations have brought B'nai Israel to this point and now it is up to us to maintain and build B'nai Israel for the future generations.
Each of us has unique talents and abilities. I am asking each of you to use your talent to the best of your ability to help make B'nai Israel great. When the tribe of Israel, in the wilderness, built the first Tabernacle, each person was assigned a task suitable to their abilities. No one was asked to do more than they were able.
This is what I am asking of the members of this community. We are in this together and we are all volunteers. Myself, I have volunteered to Congregation B’nai Israel as my way to "thank" God for the blessings in my life.
I ask each of you to assess your talents and interests and volunteer. It will be a MITZVAH.
Now we are entering the Passover season and have several important events coming up;
March 1 - Purim Carnival
March 4 - Megillah Reading and Purim Party
March 13 - Shabbat Seder and Installation of Board of Directors
April 4 - Community Passover Seder
See you there,