on Friday, 01 May 2015.
Posted in President's Blog
A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
It is hard to believe that my first year as President of the Board of Trustees is coming to an end. While this past year was filled with many challenges, our collaborative spirit has enabled us to continue to grow and thrive. I thank you for sharing your hopes, dreams and even your frustrations, and look forward to an exciting and bright future for our congregation. Please take a moment to explore our website and review our updated Mission Statement, which reflects our revised mission and goals.
Recently, Rabbi Margolis was in town house-hunting and visited Or Shalom on a Tuesday evening. Our building was filled with the energy of our religious school students, adult learners and at least two committee meetings; a reflection of our engaging and participatory community. Rabbi Margolis and his family joined our 7th and 8th grade religious school students for their weekly pizza dinner, introducing himself to our children. Next, he met with the b’nai mitzvah families who will be celebrating their simchas in August, September and October. He stopped by the inaugural meeting of our newly formed Communications Committee and had a chance to meet the Mitzvah Garden volunteers as they were discussing plans for the spring plantings. I am extremely proud of Or Shalom and was thrilled that our new rabbi saw an active community of students, families and volunteers all gathered here for various experiences. That Tuesday was just a glimpse of our Or Shalom; a place to gather, learn, pray, socialize and help the community. I am looking forward to working together with Rabbi Margolis to involve even more members in the life of our congregation.
Our Transition Taskforce, together with the staff and board, have been hard at work to ensure a smooth transition this summer. We are also planning a service on June 5, to celebrate and thank Rabbi Mizrahi for all that she has invested in our congregation during this transitional year; her final service will be a Shabbat-in-the-Park Service on June 26. Finally, on June 19, we will come together at Shabbat Services once again to say farewell to Shelley Orbach, our cantorial soloist who has been with our congregation for 32 years! We encourage all of you to attend these services to thank Shelley and Rabbi Mizrahi for all the gifts they have shared with our congregation.
On a personal note, I want to thank you for your kindness, compassion, patience, trust and support during this first year of my presidency.
Congregation Or Shalom21 Hawthorn ParkwayVernon Hills, IL 60061
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