Working for the Temple is a great joy because it feels as if you are a part of a big family. Though one thing that can happen in a family is that you forget to say thank you for all your family does for you, and I want to make sure I take some time in this article to say thank you to several members of our Temple family.
First, I want to thank Shana Price for helping while Erin Plank was on maternity leave. Shana had to fill in while we prepared for one of the biggest events of year. This year’s Community Seder was the highest attended in years. Coordinating this event was no easy task and I want to again thank Shana for her work preparing for this event and working hard to make sure we are prepared for next year’s Community Seder. Shana will be leaving the Temple at the end of May as Erin Plank returns from maternity leave.
If you stop by the Temple office in June there will be a good chance you will see Erin and her baby girl Fiona Grace. Again I am thankful for the time Shana has spent with us, however I hope I speak for everyone when I say I am excited to see Erin return and maybe hold baby Fiona from time to time.
Next, I want to thank all of you who sent in a memorial in memory of Jacob’s grandfather and mother who passed away last March. I know that Jacob was overwhelmed by your generosity. I also want to inform you that after some soul searching Jacob has asked to go back to working part time for the Temple. Again I hope that I speak for everyone when I say that we value Jake’s time here at the Temple and hope that he will continue to be a part of our Temple family for many years to come.
Lastly, I want to take some time to thank Judy Shkolnick for her tenure as President of Temple B’nai Jeshurun. I have enjoyed every President I have had the chance to work with these past 5 years, but I can tell you that Judy would constantly challenge me in a positive way to be better man and Executive Director for the Temple. I will not be able to thank her enough for the support and encouragement she has given me these last few years. I also want to thank Alan Adato for agreeing to take on the mantle of Temple president. It’s often a thankless job, but I know that Alan will do a great job.
Hopefully, I will see many of you at our Annual Meeting on June 11th starting at 1:00 pm as we swear in our new Temple President and Board of Trustees. It’s a chance for us to come together as a family and be thankful for our great community.