Dear Members of the JCO:
Well, we finally did it! We are back in business. A week ago Friday, Rabbi Lisa led our first Shabbat service in more than a year. We had the largest amount in the pews that I can remember. Plus we had 9 members on Zoom for the live service.
Thanks must go to Rick Bloom, Jeff Maxson, and Skyla Hollon for their outstanding assistance. Then last Friday, Sheila led the service, again with a live Zoom feed. Rick was again of great help, and this time Larry Steingold deserves to be mentioned for his part in the success of the services.
We shall continue to have our traditional Shabbat services at the usual 6 PM start time. We also intend to continue to have the services beamed out on Zoom for those who are unable to attend. Obviously, it is a warmer feeling to be there in person, and we encourage you to come back and enjoy the services with your fellow members.
In addition, the Rabbi and Sheila will feel much better if there are a reasonable amount of people in the Sanctuary, as it will give them a sense of satisfaction to know that their preparation and efforts are appreciated.
We are fast approaching the end of our fiscal year which is on May 31st. In connection with this, our Bylaws require us to have an Annual Meeting. This is when the new members of the Board are installed. There are 3 openings on the Board, and I welcome you to contact me so that we can arrange for you to be seriously considered for an open seat.
This year, the Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, June 3rd. Unless something changes in the meantime, this will be an in-person meeting in our own building. It is traditional that at this meeting, members are encouraged to come forward and tell their fellow members anything related to the Temple that is on their mind. This could be in the form of suggestions, constructive criticisms, suggestions, etc.
We are also planning a very special event in June to welcome everyone back, and the planning committee has assured me that this is an event you will not want to miss. Stay tuned for details.
P.S. Call me at 214-842-2996 if you have any thoughts you wish to share with me.