Membership : : President's Message

Monthly Message from Temple President Sandy Shapiro

Fall is here. While I miss the vibrant orange and reds of the leaves changing color, I love the warm year round colors of California. This is a beautiful season of the year. We have welcomed our new year and celebrated our harvest holiday of Sukkot.

I hope you were able to join us either in person or online for all our holiday services. They were warm, spiritual and inspiring. Thank you to our clergy, Rabbi Dennis Linson, Cantor Josef Chazan and Cantorial Soloist Susan Kotses for all their efforts and preparation which culminated in services which guided us so beautifully into our new year. I hope you found them to be as moving and meaningful as I did. I also want to thank Neal and Dara Linson for providing us with the Portal to live-stream our services to those who joined us online. This enabled us to reach all our members.

I hope you have been able to be by the Temple recently, either by attending services or driving by. If you have, you have seen our new look. Thanks to the efforts of Sandi Bothwick and Rabbi Dennis we now have new landscaping of artificial turf. It looks green and lush, requires little maintenance and therefore, less ongoing cost, and should last a long time. Thank you to Sandi for getting this project underway by getting the estimates for the work and to the Rabbi for overseeing it and making sure than every area got the needed makeover. Our new appearance is great!

There was some additional beautification done at the Temple. We now have new plants and refurbished pots at the Temple entrance. Thank you to Michele Dorris for donating the plants and materials and to Michele and our new member, Robert Shapiro, for their planting. Because this hadn’t been done in quite a while, it ended up to be a bigger project than anticipated. I thank them for their very hard work!

You may have also noticed some new security features. We have installed bollards at various locations around the Temple. Our security upgrades are ongoing and I thank Neil Kuritsky for all his efforts and expertise.

As you can see the Temple always has expenditures whether they are ongoing or special projects. Even though we are past the holidays, it is never too late to help. Thank you to those who have so generously contributed to our Yom Kippur appeal. If you have not, you can still make a pledge or send a contribution. Your financial gift enables us to do these projects that keep our Temple beautiful, safe and here for each of us.

I hope you will join us for our services which going forward will all be on Zoom. While we had a small group of regulars who attended in person on Shabbat mornings, due to the Delta variant surge and the high cost of opening for so few people, we are resuming services only via Zoom for the time being. We look forward to this all being over, but that time is not here yet.

Thank you to each of you for being part of our Temple Judea family. Thank you for your presence, thank you for your contributions, financial and personal and thank you for your warmth and friendship. I look forward to seeing you on Zoom.

Sandy Shapiro, President