President’s First Message

rst stained class windowI am honored by the confidence that you, the Rodef Sholom Temple community has shown by electing me as your President for the next two years. The warmth and support many have expressed is inspiring. Now, as I write my first column for the Messenger, I look back over my last five years on the board and see the progress we have made as a community, and as you might imagine, the question “…now what?”, comes to mind.

As the page has turned on the building of our magnificent new synagogue, it’s worth recognizing once again the tremendous work that our Rodef Sholom community did together. Through our leaders, volunteers, administration and staff we made our vision of relocation a reality. The UJC and staff were very welcoming and assisted with our transition. Now, just after the one-year mark in our new home, it causes me to reflect on how this positive energy can continue with momentum toward sustaining a thriving community. Merriam Webster’s online dictionary defines “thriving” as “marked by much life, movement, and activity”. Key words associated with thriving are growing, flourishing, health and successful. At Rodef Sholom much is possible. We already have a dedicated community of people who all express their connection in different ways by doing something that is important to them. Rabbi Dror, our membership, lay leaders, board members, committee members, volunteers, employees, donors, service attendance and more, are all very essential and combine to make the Rodef Sholom community strong. Our focus will be on creating more ways and opportunities for us to connect.

It is said that our most precious resource is time. Giving of our time toward something within the community is a mitzvah. A treasured gift. I want to thank everyone who has given of their time in some way. We will always need donations of time. Please let us know if you would like to learn more about opportunities to get involved.

The High Holy Days will be here very soon. Rabbi Dror and Cantor Ross, along with our Ritual committee have all been working together to prepare and you will definitely want to plan to join us during this sacred time.

I look forward to working with Rabbi Dror, our new Board of Directors, Committees, and Membership as we start another chapter. I am also very glad that we have a fantastic group supporting us along the way including our Temple Administrator Radie Maye, our Education Director Gavrielle, Donald, and Richard and Evelyn Mason. I am very excited about our future.

I wish everyone a safe and enjoyable summer.

With Warmest Appreciation
Allen Fraley