Presidents Newsletter – March

A lot has happened since my last newsletter, and there is much more to come. We celebrated Purim on February 28th with a reading of the Megillah followed by a gala hot dog and beer dinner with a Klezmer Band sponsored by Linda and Michael Goldberg. We held a Board of Trustees meeting on February 27th to update the Board and Congregation as to the status of our finances and the building. More on this below.

On March 8th, Steve Chill will be honored by receiving the Julian Bernstein Award for Distinguished Service at Temple Israel in White Plains at 7:30. On March 17th, there will be a presentation by Ann Arnold and Mark Schonwetter at an Oneg Shabbat following morning services in which they will discuss Ann’s book, “Together,” chronicling Mark’s experiences in Poland during the Holocaust. On April 12th, Karen Greene will represent Sulam Yaakov at the Westchester County Commemoration of the Holocaust at the memorial in White Plains. She will carry our Holocaust Torah as part of the observance. The first night of Passover is March 30th, and we will have services on Shabbat, the 31st, at the usual time and on April 1st at 9:30 (no fooling). Finally, the Rabbi’s classes on Heschel continue every Monday night at 7:45. I urge you to come for what is an intellectually stimulating event.

The Board of Trustees meeting outlined the status of our building. While several people have seen the building, there have been no firm offers. There is continuing interest on the part of one group of investors, but they are in the process of determining whether zoning requirements, building modifications, and other issues will allow them to proceed. If and when a firm offer is on the table, the Congregation will be made aware of it promptly. Anyone who has any questions about this issue is invited to call me to discuss their concerns.

The other issue discussed at the meeting is the status of our finances. Bottom line, we need additional funding. There are a number of members who have yet to remit their dues for this year. In addition, Kol Nidre pledges are also below what was contributed last year. Activity at CSY has increased substantially this year, and we need to continue the momentum. For those of you who have yet to send in dues, please make a payment as promptly as possible. I am also urging those who have been generous in the past to renew their support for us.

I wish you all a joyous Passover and remain receptive to anyone who has any concerns about our Congregation. I can be reached at 914-670-6025.

Harvey Geller, President