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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July 2017 Message from the President

Happy Summer. I hope everyone is having an enjoyable summer whether you are experiencing the season in town or traveling. Summer has always been my favorite time of year; growing up near the ocean, spending every possible moment “down the shore,” and appreciating the longer days, the heat, and the changes in schedules have always…

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May 2017 Message from the President

We bought a new home last June. We still haven’t moved in as it needed some work. It’s almost ready so I’ll be moving 1.6 miles down the road, so to speak. I loved my former home. I’d been there for decades. I raised my children there. I have memories and sentimentalities and emotions that…

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