The holiday of Pesach (Passover) is right around the corner. Each year at the Seder we retell the story of the exodus from Egypt. This was the time in our history during which we were shaped as a “people”. Judaism has since been based in community, and there are a particular set of values, laws and practices that describe us.
One of those elements is how we structure ourselves around communal organizations such as community centers, philanthropic groups, loan societies and synagogues. The synagogue provides the framework within which we pray, celebrate happy occasions, support one another in difficult times, learn and socialize.
By reading the other posts in this month’s newsletter you can see how many opportunities there are to get involved; how busy a place Temple Emanuel is. With my space here, I’d like to encourage you to join us at two of those events that are planned toward the end of April.
The first is a working session of sorts – the annual congregational meeting onThursday, April 27 at 6:30 pm at the temple. This meeting is an opportunity for congregants to participate in the governance of temple by voting on the 2017-2018 Board of Trustees slate, reviewing temple finances and approving next year’s budget. We will also review the next steps in our effort to fine tune a financial assistance program that will continue to support our community while safeguarding the financial well-being of the temple. We will also acknowledge our fellow congregants by delivering several special annual volunteer awards.
The second is all fun! Please plan on joining your friends at Temple Emanuel’s 40th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, April 29, 5:30 pm at the Iron Oaks Country Club, Sun Lakes. The theme is “40 Years, Better Together.” The evening will include dinner, dancing and a silent auction. We will pay tribute to the clergy who have served Temple Emanuel since its founding, including Rabbi Marvin Resnikoff (z”l), Rabbi Emeritus David Pinkwasser, and Rabbis Andrew Straus, Dean Shapiro and Jason Bonder. We will honor our founding families who had the vision to create the place that has been so important to the Jewish community over the last four decades, and will continue to be for generations to come. We will also celebrate how beautifully our congregational family came together in support of the Ellis family when their outdoor hanukkiah was vandalized during Hannukah.
The Gala is a fundraiser, so by enjoying a delicious dinner, dancing and a fun evening with friends you can have a direct and significant impact on temple educational and programming activities.
I hope to see you at both of these notable events!
Chuck Gealer, President Board of Trustees