Presidents Newsletter – July

Dear Fellow Congregants,

As I complete my first year as President of CSY, there is a lot to look back on. I think we have reaffirmed enthusiasm for what we are all about. Our High Holiday services were well attended and, if it were possible, even more spiritually uplifting than ever. Thanks to Karens Green, Feldman, and Lowentheil, we have had social events almost every month including a trip to the Museum of Jewish Heritage, kiddush with Mark Schonwetter to discuss his book on surviving the Holocaust, and viewing “The Women’s Balcony” as part of the Jewish Film Festival in Greenwich to name but a few events. The Rabbi renewed his Monday night adult education classes with a discussion of the writings of Abraham Heschel and Mordechai Kaplan. We have also revived our Kabbalat Shabbat services. A new adult education class in New York City is being planned for the Fall. I believe our spiritual capital has increased significantly.

During this month, there have been three meetings (Finance Committee, Board of Trustees, and Congregational Meeting) to which the entire Congregation was invited. Attendance was sparse to say the least, so I am going to summarize the cumulative results of all three.

Steve Chill, Karen Feldman, and I have been re-elected as Treasurer, Vice President, and President respectively for the coming year. Paul Feldman, Donald Meltzer, David Silk, and David Menashi have been elected as Trustees for three year terms. We all look forward to building on the accomplishments of the past year and hope to provide an even more vibrant program of events and spiritual experiences in the future.

In my remarks last Rosh Hashana, I asked you to ask yourselves why you come to shul. I’m sure we all have different answers. The plain and simple truth is that each and everyone needs to step up to the plate to donate what we can. As President I want you to know how much your support means to all of us and hope that you will be able to help us continue as a vibrant, spiritual community.

Harvey Geller, President