2017-2018 Annual Report
Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year ending May 31, 2017 &
Current Budget for Fiscal Year ending 2018
Message From Rob Stolzman, President
What a great year we have had at Temple Beth-El! We’ve watched our children thrive in our Rabbi Leslie Yale Gutterman Religious School, we’ve witnessed our clergy perform meaningful and beautiful services and care for our community. We’ve observed our Brotherhood and Sisterhood grow and provide programs with renewed vigor, and we’ve seen our ranks grow as more families have joined our wonderful congregation.
Over the course of the last year, as always happens, too many beloved longtime members passed away. We will miss them dearly. It is from generation to generation that we know our faith and our traditions endure. It is at these times we ask, “Why?” Why have faith? Why be Jewish? Why be a Reform Jew? Why belong to Temple Beth-El? Why? The answer differs for many of us or is elusive. But, together, as one congregation, we seek the answer or help others do so, as did those who came before us.
We must remain vigilant, however, as a congregation. Well run synagogues do not happen by accident. We require the constant attention of our clergy to keep us intellectually and spiritually engaged and comforted. We require enormous effort from the staff and volunteers to keep us socially and culturally engaged. And we require strong leadership to maintain a financial and operational foundation that will assure that Temple Beth-El thrives well into the next generation and beyond.
Our “back-of-the house” operations continue to run very well. Our books are balanced, our endowment grows and is well managed, our facility is well maintained and we are grateful to the staff and volunteers who make all of that happen.
These efforts are on-going as we continue to pay close attention to all of these important activities. As you will see, this year will bring some subtle changes to Temple Beth-El enabling us to move well into this century with important new liturgy and educational opportunities for our families. This autumn, we will be utilizing the new Mishkan HaNefesh, our new High Holy Day prayer books. Several “pre-High Holy Day” classes are available this spring and summer if you are interested in getting a preview of what the new texts will look like and their effect on our Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services.
I look forward to a vibrant year. Let’s all continue to work and worship together to advance Temple Beth-El. L’dor v’dor, from generation to generation.
With great faith in all of us,