I find being president very humbling. I’ve learned and am still learning how much I don’t know about the job. The functions of our synagogue require diverse talents, knowledge, and skills, many of which I do not have. There is an African proverb that states, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Since we want to go far, we have to go together. If you have skills, talent, or knowledge that you think might contribute to our community, please contact Jane Durango, or me. If you have skills, talent, or knowledge that you think might not contribute, please contact us anyway. You might be surprised. Accounting, building maintenance, landscaping, property management, electrical work, computer technology, audio technology, education, event planning, digital publishing, and sandwich making are just some of the tasks required by our community. In addition when we can safely reopen and return to in person events, we will need help with online streaming of our hybrid events and even help with following county and state health department protocols. The pandemic has taught me to value our community even more than I did before. If you feel the same way, think about contributing your talents.
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
~ Michael R Cohen, President, Temple Beth Hillel