on Tuesday, 30 June 2015.
Posted in President's Blog
As I write this article for The Shofar, we are saying goodbye to our interim rabbi, Nina Mizrahi, and our cantorial soloist, Shelley Orbach. At the same time, we are welcoming Rabbi Margolis and Cantorial Soloist Rhonda Wehner to our Or Shalom family. All of us experience change in our lives. In fact, it is often said that change is the one constant in our lives. Change can be exciting,painful, stressful or filled with hope. At Or Shalom, these changes create opportunities to explore new possibilities that will continue to strengthen our congregation. Our future is bright, and now it’s time forus to, once again, with your help, start dreaming and planning for our future.
Farewell to...Thank you to Rabbi Mizrahi for guiding us on a journey that began last August. Throughout this year of growth and transition, Rabbi Mizrahi encouraged us to embrace change and use this time as an opportunity to explore ideas that can be transformative in congregational life.
She provided insight and guidance in engagement, collaboration, leadership development, and introduced us to many new resources. Our congregation, its lay leadership and staff were strengthened by the many gifts she shared with us during this ‘interim’ year. It took a great deal of strength and courage to walk into our congregation, knowing at the onset when her work here would come to a close. Rabbi Mizrahi’s dedication and commitment to Or Shalom truly touched the hearts andsouls of many of our congregants. We wish her well, and are confident she will continue to serve our Chicago Jewish community with kindness, compassion, advocacy and purpose.
Our thanks to Shelley Orbach for his dedication to Congregation Or Shalom for the past 32 years.Generations of our congregational family will treasure the many memories he has been part of over the years. Music is an integral part of Judaism and as our cantorial soloist, his love of music, combined with his warmth and kindness, have made a significant impact on our congregation. Whether sharing one of his original songs, playing Klezmer music, singing with the T’filah Band, performing at a Coffee House Shabbat, chanting the beautiful High Holiday melodies, or participating in his Shabbat Service, Shelley’s love of music touched our lives.
We wish Shelley the best and hope that he and Julie will enjoy spending many relaxing Shabbatot at home together.
Welcome to...Rabbi Margolis & Rachel along with daughters Laila andAdaya arrived in Vernon Hills in mid-June and had awarm Or Shalom welcome complete with extra hands tohelp them unpack boxes and provide Shabbat dinner anda welcome basket full of goodies. They are anxious tomeet all of you, build new relationships, create newfriendships and together with you, help to shapeOr Shalom’s future. Rabbi Margolis officially begins onJuly 1. He has already been in regular conversation withmembers of our board, transition team and professionalstaff and has even “Skyped” with our upcoming b’naimitzvah students. There will be many opportunities tomeet Rabbi Margolis both during summer worshipservices and more informal events. Please watch yourweekly email for details.
Rhonda Wehner is a familiar face to many of our school families as she has been serving as our school music teacher and service leader, and the director of our children’s choir. We are excited to have Rhonda join our team and take on the additional role of interim cantorial soloist for this year. Rhonda brings considerable skills and talent to Or Shalom and we look forward to embracing her in this expanded role.
Please join us on July 17, for Shabbat Worship with Rabbi Margolis and Rhonda at 7:00 p.m. – come by the temple at 6:00 p.m., for a pre-service nosh (proneg) and take a minute to introduce yourself to Rabbi and Rhonda!
Andrea Ship, President
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