Presidents Newsletter – November

Dear Fellow Congregants,

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. This is the second of what I hope will be a monthly newsletter to let you know what is going on at Sulam Yaakov.

Our High Holiday services were an inspiration to all who were there. The number of people who prayed with us increased over the past few years, and I, for one, felt there was also an increase of spiritual intensity due to the beauty of the services conducted by Alfredo, Fernando, and Nelson. Thank you to all who worked behind the scenes to make the season so special.

I am happy to welcome six new members who have joined us in the past year:

Barbara Cohn, Rena Berger, Liz Cahn, Zack Shabman, and Bernard and Barbara Rothman

We look forward to sharing our spiritual journey with you.

On November 17th, we restarted our monthly Kabbalat Shabbat program followed by dinner. These services have proven to be very popular with a significant part of our Congregation, and we are pleased to be having them again. Our next Friday service, beginning at 6:30 PM, will be on December 15th followed by a Hanukkah style dinner. The cost is $25 per person, and is free to anyone who has never been with us before. Please RSVP to Karen Greene if you plan to attend. If you have friends who are looking for a special experience, we invite you to bring them with you to share what we believe will be a special experience.

The Rabbi’s adult education course on Heschel and Kaplan has drawn record attendance. We meet each Monday night at 7:45. Each lesson is self contained, so do not feel that you cannot join us because you may have missed too much prior discussion.

On November 19th, Fred Claar conducted a tour of the Eichmann exhibit at The Museum of Jewish Heritage followed by a “Lox Lunch.” Everyone who attended felt it to be informative and enjoyable. Under the guidance of Karen Feldman, Karen Greene, and Karen Loewentheil, we have also laid out a schedule of monthly social events we hope will be of interest to all of you. They include:

Viewing of the movie “The Women’s Balcony” on January 17th at the Bow Tie Cinema in Greenwich preceded by dinner at Pasta Verde. It is part of the Greenwich Jewish Film Festival. If you are interested in attending, please contact Karen Feldman

A discussion with Sally Weinraub, a member of our Congregation, who has authored 4 mystery novels.

A Yom Hashoah presentation with Ann Arnold and her father, Mark Schonwetter, who will discuss Ann’s book, “Together: A Journey for Survival,” which is her family’s story of survival during the Holocaust.

The dates for these and other events will be announced when they are finalized.

In conclusion, CSY is alive and well. We need to continue our efforts to bring friends who are looking to re-establish their relationship with Judaism to our services and social activities so that we can continue to grow. Also, those of you who have not yet completed either their dues or Kol Nidre pledge payments should do so soon in order to preserve your 2017 tax deductions.


Harvey Geller, President