Jen Abfier • Jason Benson • Josh Blumenthal • Howard Chesler • Betty Crane • Eve Fields • Glenn Fox • Sandy Gonzalez • Samantha Goodstein • Jen Horowitz • Jennifer Katz • David Kraut • Richard Kurland • Michael Marchant • Isabel Margolin • Padi Nazmiyal • Ester Robbins • Don Rosenthal • Seth Rossinow • Alan Rothberg • Elisa Sandler • Dan Seewald • Betsy Steckelman • Kim Stiller • Jeff Weinflash • Barry Weinreb • Jack Wenarsky • Randy Wenarsky •
Rabbi: Mark David Finkel
Cantor: Menachem Toren
Synagogue Administrator: Laurie Lindner
Educational Director: Mary Sheydwasser
Nursery School Co-Directors: Jill Buckler and Lisa Lerman
President – Evan Zuckerman
1st VP – Barry Marks
2nd VP- Michael Weinstein
3rd VP – Nancy Lerner Weiss
Treasurer – Seth Friedman
Financial Secretary – Warren Usatine
Recording Secretary – Carol Berman
Corresponding Secretary – Judy Gothelf
Sisterhood President: Wendy Leicht
Men’s Club President: Jay Thailer
Immediate Past President: Jonathan Cohen
Past President: Mitchell Goldstein
Let me take this opportunity to once again wish my fellow congregants a happy new year. I hope the new year brings happiness, health, peace, and prosperity to us all. I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped set-up and break down Schineman Hall for the High Holiday services. Thank you to Alan Rothberg and Josh Blumenthal for organizing the house committee, assembling the stage, and repairing all those odds and ends. Thank you to Dean Baker and Alan Warren for ensuring the sound system was working perfectly. Thank you to Jeffrey, Nancy, and Gabe Weiss for organizing the setup and breakdown on behalf of the ritual committee and also for ensuring our young families had an absolutely beautiful service to attend. Thank you to Barry Weinreb for taping the floor and ensuring the aisles met the standards of the town fire code. A heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped with the process of setting up the chairs, placing books on the chairs, moving the podiums, hanging the drapery around the stage and much much more. As they say, it truly takes a village.
I assure you all that this year will be a very active one at PBJC. We have planned a significant amount of programming around the theme of Israel’s 70th birthday. This will culminate with a synagogue trip to Israel next summer led by Rabbi Finkel. We are also planning many social get togethers throughout the year in our beautiful social hall and I look forward to seeing all of you at these events!
For those of you who attended Yom Kippur services, you heard me provide an update on our financial condition, describe what we will be using the security assessment for, and why we need your help in the coming year to ensure that this synagogue remains financially solvent for many years to come.
During my address, I told a story about a postcard I received this past spring from my alma mater, Lafayette College. The postcard was informing alumni about a one day campaign to raise one million dollars to help fund student financial aid. This inspired me to try something similar at PBJC! During my Kol Nidre appeal, I introduced a program that this synagogue has not seen since the construction on the new wing of the building over 15 years ago. Later this month we are kicking off the PBJC capital campaign – a campaign to raise $100,000 in one year to establish a capital reserve account as well as to refund the beautification fund (i.e. endowment fund) for money used years ago for operations when the shul was in dire need of cash. The capital account will be a separate, distinct bank account used to repair the areas of the shul badly in need of attention as well as to beautify those areas that need it the most. We plan on using our building this year for many events and hopefully as a revenue generating department in years to come. To ensure that the building is attractive to our congregants as well as to non-members looking for a social hall, we need to ensure the building remains in great shape. We will be having various fundraisers and events throughout the year to help us reach our fundraising goal. I am excited to see what we can do together to make PBJC look and feel even more like a second home to all of us! I thank you in advance for your participation and help in fulfilling this campaign.
See you around the building.