The previous synagogue boards have effectively put our synagogue on the right path, both as a community center and as a fiscally sound organization. I intend to work with our new Board to continue down that path. Last month, the Rabbi talked about synagogue growth by both reaching out and reaching in. This will be the focus of the 2014/15 TBA Board of Trustees.
We intend to reach out to the community on several levels, to share our traditions and beliefs, to help those in need, to partner and share with other faith based organizations, to connect with our vibrant local community, to provide information and education, and to share our amazing TBA community with other local Jewish people looking for a religious/spiritual, social, and educational home.
We also intend to reach in by providing more opportunities for participation in both religious and social events. One of the reasons I have come to love TBA and taken such an active role is because of the warm and generous people that define the TBA community. In order to continue to build and further strengthen this sense of community, we’ll come up with fun and exciting ideas that will attract more participation in our religious events, continue to improve our already successful social events, adapt as necessary to build on strong educational programs, and generate some new ideas that will connect in some way with more of our members.
To make anything happen at an organization like ours, we certainly need a strong and effective Board. However, the Board cannot do it alone. We need literally every member of TBA to contribute in some way. As our immediate past president was fond of saying, “We all can contribute in one way or another. Give us your work, give us your wisdom, or give us your wealth.” The bottom line is we need each other to continue to make TBA great. And the more you give to the organization, the more you’ll get out of it!
So, what I’m asking each and every member to do is this…do one more thing this year for our synagogue that you didn’t do last year. I can promise you that if every TBA member commits to doing this, our congregation will show the kind of growth we can all be proud of.
I hope you’re all enjoying your Summer and I look forward to seeing you soon!