Membership : : President's Message

Monthly Message from Temple Co-Presidents Dolores Cohen and Jean Janowsky

We continue the recent Temple Judea tradition of two Co-Presidents. Dolores Cohen and Jean Janowsky have set a very high standard, and with your help, we strive to continue to make Temple Judea the leading full-service Conservative synagogue in South Orange County.

The two of us have been working together to support Temple Judea for several years. This began with our membership on the Temple Judea Board of Directors and continued as we have simultaneously served as Co-Chairs of the Religious Committee for the past several years. For the past two years we were privileged to be Temple Judea Vice Presidents and worked very closely with Dolores and Jean.

Our leadership philosophy is collegial and we strongly encourage you to actively participate in synagogue life. Please identify an area, i.e. religious, social, infrastructure, that interests you and contact us. Consider a Shabbat Service, sharing unique stories or skills at a Sisterhood/Men’s Club breakfast or initiating a new program that entertains or educates our community. The more involved you are in Temple Judea, the more pleasure the synagogue will bring to you.

We congratulate the two newly elected Vice Presidents: Ro Probolsky and Henry Moser; the four new members of the Board of Directors: Gayle Jacobson, Rita Frazer, Bernie Roberts and Rich Dorenstreich; Secretary Jean Selner; and Treasurer Brian Probolsky. We look forward to working with you; the returning officers, board members; and our clergy: Rabbi Dennis Linson, Cantor Josef Chazan and Cantorial Soloist Susan Kotses for the betterment of Temple Judea.

The heart and soul of a synagogue is its congregation. At its founding 54 years ago, Temple Judea was THE SHULE of what was then Leisure World. At the present time, almost half of the members of Temple Judea are not Laguna Woods Village residents. As a result, we have a far more diverse congregation today in terms of demographics and interests. For example, we have many pre-Bar/Bat Mitzvah students who attend our Hebrew School.

Temple Judea has a very active Membership Committee. It organizes several imaginative events annually to get prospective members in the door. Above and beyond these formal events, we encourage each member to become a Temple Judea Ambassador and conduct one-on- one sales calls with your neighbors, family, friends and acquaintances and invite them to visit us for a Shabbat or Holiday Service, special event, or just to meet Rabbi Linson. We love our Temple Judea Family and are committed to help it grow and thrive.

By the way, there is still time to reserve your place at the January 11th Shabbat celebration. This early Friday night event begins with services at 5:30 PM followed by an unrushed catered traditional Shabbat dinner with a choice of entrees, wine and all the fixings you would make yourself. As part of this special Shabbat, included will be the installation of the new Board of Directors and Officers.
We thank all of you with entrusting us with the leadership of Temple Judea,

Arnold Miller & Sandy Shapiro, Co-Presidents