on Friday, 24 June 2016.
Posted in President's Blog
Message from the president
Dear Fellow Congregants,
It seems like only yesterday that my family joined Or Shalom when our son Eric was in first grade and our daughter Robin was in preschool. While Eric was in Sunday school, Robin and I attended the parent/child pre-school class. It was one of the best decisions our young family made. That was 18 wonderful years ago. Or Shalom became a place we were all connected to from the very start. Our involvement continued with family school, b’nai mitzvah and confirmation with our kids, as well as adult connections through dinner club, family and adult weekend retreats, Men’s Club and sisterhood, serving on our board in various roles and our latest addition—the 55 Plus Club (thanks to Steve reaching the speed limit birthday). In fact, Steve enjoyed Men’s Club so much, he became co-president a few years back. We are just one example of how there is something at Or Shalom for members of all ages.
When I am not at Or Shalom or working, you can find me engaging in my favorite pastimes—baking and biking! Baking a good cake requires finding the best ingredients, using the right equipment and having the patience to measure, sift and fold in the right order. Add in some tender loving care and, if you are lucky, you end up with a sweet treat. I have been baking my Nana’s special chocolate cake since I was 12 years old. This delightful double chocolate cake had been carefully passed down through generations, and I take great care to honor her precious recipe while adding a twist of my own.
My goal over these next two years is to treat Or Shalom with the same respect, love and care as I do Nana’s chocolate cake recipe. Any good recipe starts with the finest ingredients and Or Shalom has an abundance of the finest; a dedicated staff: Rabbi Ari Margolis, Rhonda Wehner, Andi Freier, Marcia Cohen, Nancy Trudell, Lauri Holmes, Tanya Zivin, Wendy Smith and Boris Bersh, a committed Board of Trustees—Jeri Atleson, Howard Ellen, Debbie Dubin, Adele Ennis, Jeff Floom, Jerry Goldstein, Laura Goodman, Jeff Kruger, Steve Leventhal, Michelle Levine, Lynn Levy, Jeff Metz, Bill McNulty, Nicole Miller, Lynn Pikrone, Sallie Rootberg, Bill Rubinstein, Evan Rullman, Adam Schwartz, Jeremy Seaver, Dave Shriberg, Rachel Trachtman and Dale Truding, and most important, all of you, our Or Shalom family.
We all owe Andrea Ship, our immediate past president, a huge todah rabah. Andrea took great care over the past two years to ensure that Or Shalom continued to thrive, even during some very difficult moments. I thank her, from the bottom of my heart, for her stewardship, her compassion and her dedication. I am honored to follow in the footsteps of Andrea and the many talented presidents that preceded her, as I begin my two-year term as president of our congregation. I look forward to learning and celebrating with you and having the opportunity to get to know you. Join me at one of our 7:00 p.m. summer services; if like me, you love poetry, don’t miss Poetry Shabbat on July 22—Nana’s chocolate cake will make an appearance at the Oneg Shabbat following the service.
Please feel free to reach out to me at:
email@example.com and share your thoughts (or a recipe); I can’t wait to hear from you.
See you around the shul,
Jennifer LeventhalBoard President
Congregation Or Shalom21 Hawthorn ParkwayVernon Hills, IL 60061
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