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July 2021 President's Message

My recent struggles with pain and back surgery were the toughest challenge of my life. Praying for the strength to cope, to heal and restore became my primary focus. After a successful operation I am on the path to recovery.     Before My Surgery G-d of health and healing, I surrender myself to the physician’s hand, The surgeon’s knife, The nurse’s care, Placing my body in the cradle of others, Just as I place my soul in...Read more...

May 2021 President's Message

Kol Rinah IS surviving the pandemic   Kol Rinah as a whole is doing well given the extreme conditions and safety protocols we operate under. We were not able to open our new building as planned and we miss our in-person gatherings, kiddushes, and celebrations. But we are surviving. Kol Rinah has adapted and stayed strong and viable. In fact much has been accomplished. We learned how to use Zoom meetings and stream our services. We...Read more...

March 2021 President's Message

It’s all about relationships How do we transform the model of twentieth-century Jewish institutions into twenty-first-century relational communities offering meaning and purpose, belonging and blessing? "What really matters is that we care about the people we seek to engage. When we genuinely care about people, we will not only welcome them; we will listen to their stories, we will share ours, and we will join together to build a Jewish...Read more...

January 2021 President's Message

A Renewed Focus on Finance and Engagement Leadership and Engagement The leadership is changing the name to ENGAGEMENT, rather than membership, with the intent of refocusing the mission of engaging more people, (members and non-members) in new, innovative ways. The VISION statement on our website reads:  “A dynamic and forward-looking congregation where all generations come together to experience Judaism in innovative...Read more...

November 2020 President's Message

Dear Kol Rinah Family, Happy Fall. It is difficult to believe that we are now more than seven months into our COVID-19 lifestyles and that the High Holidays are behind us. Thanks so much to all of you who made our virtual live-streamed and Zoom programming the huge success that we experienced. A special appreciation to Bill Kaufman who worked tirelessly to accomplish our many demanding technological needs. We really could not have succeeded...Read more...

Steptember 2020 President's Message

Did you ever notice how time can go so quickly but also so very slowly? It seems that the COVID-19 pandemic quarantine, not being able to attend services with everyone, or meet in person, has been going on forever. But I also think, how can it be September already and the High Holidays are right around the corner? Time is really funny. Actually my PhD dissertation was on time estimation and perception. That’s a long story which I won’t bore...Read more...

July 2020 Special- President

Click here for the entire July 2020 Special Voice edition I’ve spent an enormous amount of time over the past three months in our new Kol Rinah home on Maryland Avenue. Really the only places that I’ve been going have been the new building and our old building. I must say that spending time in the new building makes me more and more excited for what our future holds. I envision our beautiful new spaces as community gathering places. I see...Read more...

May 2020 President's Message

Dear Kol Rinah family, Welcome to the surreal world of the unthinkable virtual reality. I hope and pray that you all are healthy and safe. Who would have thought that our world would be dictated by zoom meetings, work at home, stay inside and stay safe? Our community has managed to really pull together, checking on one another, getting together through virtual programs, texting, social media, and yes, even the good old-fashioned telephone. The...Read more...

March 2020 President's Message

As I write this entry, I am thinking about how fragile life is and how important it is to embrace the good and value people while we still share the earth with them.

This week our Kol Rinah family lost a true mensch and one of my favorite people, Bill Solomon. He was a mentor to me and the best example of how to live with kindness, generosity, humility, love and a perpetual smile. I know his memory will be a blessing to us...Read more...

January 2020 President's Message

Dear Kol Rinah Community, As I write to you it’s 11pm and I’m listening to soulful niggunim at the international USCJ (United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism) conference. During the past few days of inspirational workshops, lectures, presentations and music, my thoughts have been of all of you at Kol Rinah and of how fortunate we are to have one another. I feel blessed and lucky to serve you as your President. I am honored and humbled by...Read more...
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