At the end of May we will install the next cycle of leaders at Temple Beth Ami. The annual ritual of the Annual General Meeting, while secular in origination, is in reality a holy moment. For those of us involved with the preparation of programs and services, we have the opportunity to reflect on the previous year, concentrate on our current state of affairs and create a vision of tomorrow. Our congregation continues to grow, and our programming improves dramatically to meet these needs.
You should be proud that the tradition of dynamic leaders at TBA continues. With the next generation of trustees, supported by those who have been involved since the beginning, TBA is an influential force in Santa Clarita and indeed throughout Southern California.
I want to thank everyone who has participated and lent their energy to making this a vibrant community, and congratulate those taking on the mantle of leadership. Rosemary Watson ends her term as President, and her endowment of work, wisdom and wealth has been unbelievable. Most importantly, the positive impact of her leadership will be felt in years to come. She set a remarkably high bar for the every leader in our community.
Temple Beth Ami’s strength has been made possible through the hard work of so many of our congregants, board members, employees, volunteers, parents and students. The road ahead is challenging and exciting, but with all of our continued commitment, we will assuredly have much to be proud of this time next year as well!
Summer may be here but that doesn’t mean things are quiet at Temple Beth Ami. We hope people have a great vacation and enjoy some relaxation, excitement and travel over the coming months, but rest assured there are many exciting activities at TBA and sponsored by us in locations around the area.
Starting SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 2018 11:00 am - 2 pm, join Temple Beth Ami at Santa Paula Airport. 800 E. Santa Maria Street Santa Paula, as Rosemary and David Watson invite you to visit their hangar and enjoy the First Sunday Open House. Aviation history comes alive as the pilots of Santa Paula Airport invite you to view their historic airplanes and tour the Aviation Museum of Santa Paula. Bring a picnic lunch and a dessert to share. Children ages 8-17 can experience a free introductory flight with the Experimental Aircraft Association Young Eagles program (weather permitting). Get more information and pre-register at http://www.eaa723.org/young_eagles.html
Once again we will gather under the stars for a wonderful outdoor Shabbat at Valencia Meadows Park, Friday, July 13th at 7 pm (bring a picnic dinner starting at 5:30 pm.)
Ands don't miss our annual tradition, the BEACH HAVDALAH at Marina Park, Ventura, Saturday, August 25, 3:00 pm. Bring picnic. Dress warmly. Take 126 freeway west to 101 north. Exit at Seaward Ave. in Ventura. Turn left over freeway. Go to the second street, Pierpont. Turn left. Continue straight to park entrance. It's a great TBA tradition.
Have a wonderful summer,
Rabbi Mark Blazer