I was once told that working for a congregation can be a lot like riding a roller coaster with lots of highs and lows, and the last few months have definitely felt like a roller coaster ride.
Because there have been a lot of highs and lows of late I want to start of my article this month by thanking all of the staff and volunteers here at the Temple who have been putting extra time and effort to make sure that our congregational life has been running smoothly. I don’t think anyone, including Rabbi Kaufman, thought he would need surgery and miss conducting the High Holidays, but I again I am thankful for everyone who stepped forward to make sure our services are covered and given Rabbi Kaufman the time he needs to recover.
One thing I wish I could report was that all our security updates were complete and that we would have new doors installed for the High Holidays. Sadly the doors are not scheduled to be complete until the end of September, and won’t be installed until after the High Holidays. Thankfully we have received back 100% of our costs so far, and I was notified that we received an additional grant for $20,000 to make more security improvements to our building. With these additional funds we hope to make some improvements to our parking lot and the locks inside our building.
Hopefully these security improvements will not be the only improvements to the building we make this year. We are continuing to look at replacing much of our equipment in the kitchen, and we will be doing some tuck-pointing on the building and repairing sections of our sidewalks. As you continue to join us for services throughout the year I hope you’ll be on the lookout for these improvements.
So as we observe the High Holidays we have a lot to look forward to here at the Temple and I hope that all you do, too. On behalf of all the staff here at Temple B’nai Jeshurun Shanah tovah um’tukah.