From the Presidents – May 3, 2024

Shalom Everyone!

First of all, we wanted to thank everyone in our community who worked so hard putting together an amazing Seder for our community this past Saturday.  From Jenny Fox, who helped put together the marvelous meal, to our co-President Anna Stein, who helped organize the event, to Rabbi Dean and Cantor Marney, who led the Seder service, to all of the volunteers who helped with set-up and clean-up, y’all made this event possible.  We cannot thank you enough.

And now that Pesach has ended, we turn our attention to a difficult yet critical remembrance: Yom Hashoah.  Every year we take time to remember this ultimate tragedy with the vow to never let it happen again.  Sadly, anti-semitism continues to rear its ugly head in our own country as well as the rest of the world as ancient hatreds continue to proliferate, even after the most recent tragedy of October 7.  Yet as in so much of Jewish history, the observance of Yom Hashoah also reminds us of the hope that is ever present even in the darkest of times.  Holocaust survivors, although fewer in number each year, continue to tell their stories and keep the truth alive.  Jewish communities continue to thrive in nations all around the world, keeping Jewish culture alive.  And just as importantly, observing this day of remembrance with our kids and grandkids ensures the continuation of Jewish faith for many generations to come.           

And speaking of the future, for those who wish to make a difference in our community, we highly encourage you to consider joining the Temple Beth Hillel Board of Directors next year.  Our Board is always on the lookout for members who have ideas for the future of the temple and the ability to carry out that vision. Serving on the Board makes us appreciate how much Temple Beth Hillel means to us and our children.  And please mark your calendars for June 9, when we will be holding our annual membership meeting.  All Temple members are of course invited.

And as a reminder, the Rabbi Search Committee continues in its efforts to search for a new rabbi for next year.  We will start submitting announcements and accepting job applications later this summer, with interviews scheduled for the fall.  The Board now plans to have a new rabbi selected by the spring of 2025, just before Rabbi Dean’s retirement.  We will provide more updates as we get closer to summer.

Finally, our next regular Shabbat Service will take place this Friday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m.  Family Shabbat will occur two weeks later on Friday, May 17, at 6:15 p.m. and all families are welcome to join our Israeli themed activities.  Torah Study will take place Saturdays at 10:15 a.m. on Zoom, and the next Adult Education class will be hosted by Rabbi Dean on May 5 at 10:30 a.m.. And of course, we encourage everyone to come to our wonderful Tefillah services at Religious School each Sunday at 9:30 a.m.  Thank you everyone!  


If I am not for myself, who will be for me?

If I am not for others, what am I?

And if not now, when? -Rabbi Hillel

~ Anna B Stein and David Zimring, Co-Presidents, Temple Beth Hillel