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President’s Shalom Article – October, 2021

October 1, 2021 @11:45pm

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Beth El Synagogue President

As the High Holiday season concludes, there is so much to reflect on. One area that really stands out to me was what a wonderful Sukkot we had as a community. The weather was great and so many groups made great use of the Sukkah. Thanks of course to the Men’s Club for building it under the leadership of Dan Burak who seems to know where each piece goes. The Religious School and the youth groups did a fantastic job decorating with some massive paper chains.
The Sukkah hosted the first in-house catered Kiddush Luncheon with our “family-style” arrangement. Thank you to Shari Sabbath and all who helped her shop, prepare, and plate our new deli-style platters. It was so nice to just be together as a community, share lunch, swap stories, and get back to what we do. This way of serving food is certainly more work than our normal buffet, but we felt it was an accommodation well worth taking to bring back another slice of normalcy.
We had a beautiful Friday night service in the parking lot to close our outdoor service season. These could not happen without the help and equipment provided by Michael and Tara Bartlett. Even though they could not make it, they trained me enough to get it going and not break anything, so far!
Saturday evening the Men’s Club hosted Sippin’ in the Sukkah with a great selection of craft beer from the Old Highs Brewery right in Hightstown. It was a fun evening of tasting and schmoozing.
Sunday saw the Women’s League host a bagel breakfast and that was followed up by Hooray for the Holidays for our youngsters.
Just when you think that the holidays are over, we kept on celebrating with our first Friday night dinner. It wasn’t Tiki Bar (wait for the Spring) but rather Pam Cohen organized a great deli night and added a game night component. Over 50 people stayed for dinner and indulged in board games of all sorts.
Our community also does a fantastic job of getting out and supporting great causes. On Sunday October 3rd at least 20 Beth El members road in the JFCS Wheels for Meals Charity bike ride. Seth and Emily Josephson were co-chairs for this really well-run event. Our little Beth El Team raised over $2000 to help support the hunger prevention work that JFCS provides.
As the holiday season closes and the “regular” year takes over, I am really looking forward to a year of increased engagement and activity and a lot of fun.

Brian Albert, President