From TBT President Jeanne Freeman

As a young teen I had the opportunity to work in my father's business and learned from him that to be successful one had to hire and empower the best people to do their best job. That guidance has proven true throughout my career and in my position at Temple Beth Tikvah. My job as president this year has been made easier by the large group of dedicated individuals who have accepted the "job offer" and participated in leadership roles in our community.

To the outgoing members of our Board - Naomi Chudowsky, MJ Krohn and Mark Schindel - and to our continuing members - Lester Dober, Marilynn Jacobs and Chuck Shattuck - I extend my personal thanks and those of our congregation. You have served our interests well during your term in office. Thank you for your hard work, your excellent ideas, your concern for our members, and your willingness to be a leader in our community. And thank you all for continuing to take on leadership roles even as some of you depart from the board.

To those of you who stepped up and took leadership roles as committee chairs and co-chairs during this past year and prior, thank you. You have helped us deliver a robust calendar of educational, spiritual and social programming to meet the wide range of age groups and interests.

Ralph Uri, Marilyn Shattuck, Suzanne Schlosberg, Mark Schindel, Kathy Schindel, Ann Rosenfield, Terry Reynolds, Sheila Luber, Burt Litman, Liz Levinson, Evie Lerner, Joe Jezukewicz, Marilynn Jacobs, Jessica Hammerman, Jillian Frankl, Mary Jane Eisenberg, Naomi Chudowsky, Sara Charney Cohen, Jan Freeman Bauer, and Beverly Adler - thank you. Each of you has helped to keep our congregation connected.

And to all of you who served on a committee and helped turn ideas into events, thank you. We could not have been successful without your effort and involvement.

Looking back at the last year, we should all be proud of our accomplishments as a community. We have both middle and high school youth groups with COJY and BBYO. There are eight adults participating in our b'nai mitzvah class. The monthly Tot Shabbats are bringing together our families with young children and introducing young, non-members to our community. We have introduced Finding Our Connections.

And now we look forward. Many of our committees are transitioning to new leadership with past Chairs staying on to support the incoming Chairs. But every committee needs more than strong leadership, it needs diverse people to generate new ideas and new ways to do things. Even our successful programs need new and different ideas to evolve and grow with the needs of our members.

What is your strength; what is your passion? Can you help us plan a Social Action event or arrange for our 10th Anniversary? Do you have new ideas for Shabbat or Holiday celebrations; or an exciting program for Adult Ed? Will you co-chair our High Holy Days or Passover Seder? Can you assist in our school?

Please, step up to help us. Please, say "yes" when asked. Our most valuable resource is you, our members. You make our synagogue the thriving Jewish community that it is. Thank you for your past involvement. Thank you for your continuing participation. Thank you for being a member of Temple Beth Tikvah.

B'shalom,
Jeanne