President's Bi-Monthly Message
As I write this we are at the end of the calendar year though we shall be in the New Year as this is published. Most importantly, welcome back to Rabbi Bogosian after her illness. Bundle up for the winter! Speaking of clergy, I hope to announce an extended contract for Cantor Vera as soon as possible.
I do hope that everyone enjoyed the Chanukah holiday and my best wishes to all of our family members who celebrated Christmas. And again, as I attempt to be as time-conscious as possible, the Martin Luther King service is just a few days away and will be a real treat as we enjoy the Shabbat evening with the choirs of the Temple, Calvary Baptist and the Bradford Christian Academy High School on January 12th.
Welcome to Rachel Hanson as our new HEFTY Youth Advisor. We wish her the best of luck and success in this new adventure for her.
If you have not attended the Adult Education offerings this Fall you have missed some wonderful Sunday mornings. But, it’s not too late to enjoy future programs in the winter. Thanks again to Karen Newborn, Paula Breger and their terrific committee for these events that have enriched our weekends.
We shall be adding two Friday evening Shabbat services with the simple premise of celebrating the beginning of Shabbat. Karen and Norton Newborn have generously made a special donation to fund two additional morning services led by Cantor Vera. Please make every effort to daven at these opportunities as a community. As I mentioned in my Rosh Hashanah talk, the enthusiasm is increased so much as we join each other in the traditions of our Fathers (and Mothers).
Last, I know you are anxiously awaiting additional news about the Rabbi Search Committee’s progress in finding a settled Rabbi. I know that you can appreciate that this is a process that the Committee is dedicated to accomplish with the best possible results for our Temple. All I can say now is that the process is moving along, and once we have candidates that meet our needs, the congregation will be involved in meeting with, and hearing the candidates lead a service, then give input to the Committee and the Board.