Membership : : President's Message

Monthly Message from Temple Co-Presidents Arnold Miller and Sandy Shapiro

This month, with the arrival of Rosh Hashanah, a new year begins in the Jewish calendar, 5781. This is a most appropriate time to look back on a few key activities and enumerate our wishes for the upcoming year.

Thanks to you, our members, Temple Judea operated at a small financial surplus last year. This extends our winning streak to four years in a row in which our cash position at the end of the year was just a bit greater than at the beginning. While each year’s growth was very modest, the generosity of member donations and cost containment balanced with the decline in memberships. And yes, we are still asking you our members to encourage your friends and relatives to join our caring community.

Our clergy were extremely imaginative and practical in maintaining religious continuity despite Covid-19 health concerns. They designed and implemented virtual services for Sabbaths and holidays. These services are so meaningful, convenient and enjoyable that attendance on Friday nights and Saturday mornings has increased from in-person gatherings earlier in the year.

For the new year, we hope that each Temple Judea member attends at least one virtual service in the next month (Sabbath or High Holidays). Try it, you’ll like it!

We wish each and every one of you and your families a happy, healthy and prosperous new year. L’shanah Tovah. Tikateivu, may we be written for only good,

Arnold Miller & Sandy Shapiro, Co-Presidents