It seems like it was just yesterday that I was looking forward to assuming the role of Temple Solel president. As you read this, amazingly I will officially be just weeks away from handing the reins over to our new temple president, Rae Rader. My goodness time flies.
Back then the board was preparing for, and anticipating the exciting work ahead of us. We looked forward to hiring a new associate rabbi, creating a new strategic plan, updating the bylaws, amongst other responsibilities. Then the pandemic hit. All presidents are faced with unpredictable challenges during their tenure, but a pandemic?! I guess I pulled the short straw!
Yes, we were fortunate to hire Rabbi Stiel, but this new environment brought us down a different path. We were faced with unprecedented challenges and complex decisions to make. Being in lockdown did not diminish the workload of the board. To the contrary, we found ourselves navigating unchartered waters.
I’d like to thank those leaving the board this month: Bettina Chow, Larry Fink, Judy Gold, Lisa Lerner, Bobbi Moss, and Steve Slogoff. Their strong leadership, dedication, and passion as they served the Temple Solel community will
forever be appreciated. I sure hope they find ways to stay engaged, sharing their special gifts and talents.
We’re excited to be presenting a new group of board leaders to be voted on at our Annual Meeting, May 20 at 5:30 pm. I’m sure their enthusiasm and optimism will add new and coordinated focus to the board of trustees.
I’d also like to thank our hard-working clergy, staff and numerous lay leaders. It has been a tremendous honor collaborating with you, making sure we were doing our best to serve our Temple Solel congregation.
Please join me in sending a big thank you to our incoming president, Rae Rader, for taking on the challenge. I know Rae will do an extraordinary job.
And to my amazing husband, Harley, thanks for being my sounding board. Your calmness and logical demeanor came in handy many times!
Once again, I want to express my thanks and gratitude for the opportunity to serve this wonderful community. It certainly was a rewarding experience, full of challenges and opportunities at the same time.
Wishing you a wonderful summer,
Temple Solel Annual Meeting via Zoom
Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 5:30 pm
Join us via Zoom and hear updates about the congregation, vote to approve the annual budget, and vote to elect the new board slate. Each member of Temple Solel is encouraged to attend this important session. RSVP and register via a link that’ll be provided in a special email to members prior to the meeting.
We want your participation and your vote is important!
To participate in our annual meeting one must be a member in good standing. A “member in good standing” is a member whose membership unit is not more than 60 days in arrears on its financial obligations to Temple Solel and no more than 30 days in arrears on such sums on June 30th, unless the unit has been granted a financial adjustment.
Members who are paying their financial obligations in accordance with an automatic payment program are considered to be in good standing. Members in good standing are eligible to vote in membership meetings.