President’s Message, from Wesley Gersh

I’m honored to have been elected President of Temple Shalom, and to work with a talented and dedicated Board of Trustees. This promises to be a very strong and successful year.

To say that I am taking office during challenging times is a gross understatement. Coronavirus has prevented us from having in-person services in the sanctuary, although our online services are attracting a large and loyal attendance. Sadly, the virus has resulted in the loss of several valued members and their loved ones. Keeping our members and their families safe remains of the utmost importance.

We are a congregation, a community. A community is defined as “a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.” Of the 16 million Jews in the world, our community is a mere gathering of families. But I believe that we are a strong community, and one that can rise to the challenges as we have always done.

So, what are our goals? To grow our membership, and to ensure financial security, certainly; and, as our Bylaws state, to continue to provide value to our members as a diverse, inclusive and welcoming community, where we enrich lives through spirituality, education, social engagement and Tikkun Olam.

I, and Temple Shalom, welcome all who share these goals; and the way to successfully achieve them is with everyone’s contribution. I hope that when you are called upon, you’ll respond with, “How can I help?”

Then we are a true community.

Thanks again for this opportunity to help all of us grow and thrive — as individuals, as members of this community, and as Temple Shalom.

Wesley Gersh