Presidents' Message

June 2024

Fellow Congregants,

Summer is upon us, bringing with it a flurry of exciting events and opportunities to come together as a community!

This Sunday, June 2nd, is the Celebrate Israel Parade on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. It’s not just a festive event; it’s also a chance to make our support of Israel visible to our elected officials. Let’s stand together and be counted.

As the sun sets on June 21st, join us for Shabbat on the Beach. We’ll gather at 6:00 pm at the Beach 3 pavilion (weather permitting) for a delightful Shabbat dinner, followed by services by the waterfront at 7:00 pm. It’s a picturesque way to welcome Shabbat, and don’t forget to bring a friend along!

Mark your calendars for June 11th, when we’ll delve into some Jewish learning at our Tikkun Leyl Shavuot.   We’ll watch a lecture by former JTS Chancellor Arnold Eisen, followed by a discussion led by Rabbi Charlie, on the relationship between Israel and American Jewry.  And of course, no Shavuot celebration would be complete without indulging in some cheesecake and ice cream. 

Join us for services on both mornings of Shavuot, including Yizkor on the second day, Thursday June 13th. Following services on the second day, join us for a delicious hot dairy kiddush. Your presence will add warmth to the holiday!

Throughout the month, we have our regular events, including Ripped from the Headlines, Parshah HaShavua, and the Women’s Jewish Journey Group. Check our website calendar for specific dates and times.

Next Sunday, June 9th, we will have our second Or Hadash congregational meeting of the year. This is an opportunity to elect Trustees and Officers for the upcoming terms. If you’re interested in getting involved, please reach out to the office. Your participation is vital to our community’s success.

At the first congregational meeting, held last month, we approved the budget for the next fiscal year. Here’s a brief overview: the majority of our budget supports our dedicated staff, followed by building operations, insurance, and other expenses. While our income primarily comes from temple dues and our lease to the daycare center, your donations and participation in fundraisers play a crucial role in sustaining our community.

Over the past two years, your generosity has enabled us to maintain financial stability without tapping into our reserves. However, we face upcoming building maintenance expenses, including major air conditioning, paving, and roofing repairs. Your support is essential to ensuring we can address these challenges and continue serving our Jewish community effectively.

Our community is thriving, with an active membership deeply engaged in our events and activities. We’re grateful for your continued support and participation, and we look forward to sharing a meaningful summer together.

Bernie Rosenfeld & Howard Sislin

As always, please feel free to reach out to us at [email protected], or leave a message for us with the office, and we will call you back.