on Monday, 25 April 2016.
Posted in President's Blog
Message from the president
As I write my final Shofar article, I can’t help but reflect on my tenure as President of the Board of Trustees for the past two years. It has been quite a journey. I never imagined that I would be the one to lead our congregation through transitions in clergy. I believe working with three rabbis was a first for a president at Or Shalom. Although there were challenges along the way, I remain exactly where I started—proud of our Or Shalom community, and proud of our commitment to our Jewish values and to one another. I leave my presidency knowing Or Shalom is in great hands, with Rabbi Margolis leading the way. His calm, warm and comforting personality, along with his positive energy, compassion and spirituality, are a perfect fit for our congregation. He is wise beyond his years, and his dedication to our Or Shalom community truly touches me.
Nesea (Nivea) is the Hebrew word for “journey.” Life is a journey, and there are many people I want to thank for their never-ending support along my journey as President of the Board of Trustees. First, I want to thank our Executive Board: Jennifer Leventhal, Jeff Kruger, Jeff Floom, Howard Ellen and Jerry Goldstein, as well as our entire Board of Trustees (their names are listed on the back of The Shofar). They are all dedicated to meeting the needs of Or Shalom by making decisions that are in the best interest of our congregation, ensuring that our congregation continues to grow and prosper. Their commitment, passion and hard work are truly remarkable. Our congregation is so fortunate to have you as our leaders.
Next, I want to thank our phenomenal staff that went above and beyond during these past two years, in ways that are too numerous to list here. They are extremely dedicated and committed to all of you, and Or Shalom is clearly much more than a job to them. I thank Andi, Marcia, Nancy, Wendy, Tanya, Lauri and Boris. Rhonda, thank you for sharing your beautiful voice, for partnering and collaborating with Rabbi Margolis and for the gift of music.
I must thank my husband, Stuart, and my children Lauren and Daniel, for encouraging and supporting me from the very start. I stopped counting my volunteer hours, which meant time away from my family, when I reached 250, and qualified to receive a Presidential Volunteer Award from my workplace. My responsibilities to our congregation were my priority, and I couldn’t have done this without their understanding and patience.
Most importantly, as I have done throughout my tenure, I thank you, our congregants, for being our partners on this journey. Thank you for the time and energy you commit to our congregation. Your participation, and the countless number of hours you volunteer here is truly inspiring. Or Shalom is our community, a place where we all are surrounded by people who truly care. One of my favorite things about being your president was having the opportunity to meet so many of you, spend time with you, listen to your stories and engage in meaningful conversation. Within our Or Shalom family, we can laugh, cry, encourage, and support each other. Like a real family, there may be some disagreements, but we listen and respect each other. Throughout my presidency, your words of kindness and support meant the world to me.
Our future is bright under Rabbi Margolis’ leadership, and with you, Or Shalom will flourish and continue to be a vibrant, shining light in our community.
It has been a privilege to serve as the President of the Board of Trustees.
Andrea ShipBoard President
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