March 2019 Message from the President

I have been thinking a lot about change since January 1. It has been a whirlwind of poignant losses and exciting transitions—with more to come in the months ahead… Starting with the poignant, we recently lost several dear, valued members of our community. We continue to grieve and adjust to their absence. I find comfort…

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January 2019 MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Dear Kol Rinah family, I am writing to you shortly after our annual Congregational meeting at which we elected our new Synagogue officers and eight new Board Directors. I am so thrilled to again have the opportunity to work with such an amazing group of individuals with a diversity of talents, experiences and interests. Our…

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November 2018 MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

As this is my first President’s column since the completion of the High Holidays season, I wanted to take this opportunity to express my appreciation for the hard work and dedication of so many to make our High Holiday services, meals and celebrations a wonderful, warm, community experience. I hope everyone had a meaningful, inclusive…

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September 2018 MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

This is an historic time for our congregation as well as for the St. Louis Jewish community. Last month we broke ground on our new Maryland Avenue facility in Clayton. Every one of you reading this message has played a part in getting us to this milestone. The past few years have been filled with…

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July 2018 Message From the President

Eighteen months into my Kol Rinah presidency seems a good time to reflect on the hardest job I’ve ever had and the most fulfilling job I’ve ever had. Of course, this moment in time for Kol Rinah is especially exciting, challenging, gratifying and suspense-filled. I am honored to have the opportunity to make a small…

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MAY 2018 MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

What’s in a number? I’ve always been fascinated by the number five. It’s been my lucky number for as far back as I can remember. That makes the multiples of five pretty interesting as well. This year, my father would have turned 90. I will, G-d willing, turn 60 and my son, 30. My Mom…

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March 2018 Message from The President

When I checked in with my son in LA to find out how a new venture is going, his response summarized so much for me. He said, actually texted, cause, you know, he’s 29, “It’s a journey”. We are all certainly on a journey, no double entendre intended. Times of change and uncertainty are exhilarating…

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January 2018 – MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Disappointment. Loss. Change. Sadness. As I write this early December, I reflect upon this time of year. While this time of year brings secular as well as Jewish holidays and many automatically think of happiness, joy and celebration, it is important to know that this is also a very difficult time of year for many….

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November 2017 – Message from the President

It’s About the Relationships I woke abruptly at 5:30 this morning thinking about relationships and upcoming meetings and what was important and what, not so much. Over this High Holiday season, I’ve been thinking more and more about what makes life enriching and satisfying and gives us a sense of resilience and reassurance; in the…

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September 2017 – Message from the President

Truth be known, I believe firmly in the mystical. The last four fortunes in fortune cookies that I have received over the past month or so read as follows: You have firm convictions – stand strong behind them. All things are difficult before they are easy. Someone is looking up to you, don’t let that…

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