As I write this this Presidential message for the bulletin my thoughts and prayers are focused on our dear Rabbi Rabbi Shaya Kilimnick who will begin his month long hospitalization today enduring chemotherapy which will prepare him for a bone marrow transplant on the 24th of May. We pray for a Refuah Shleymah. We pray for strength for him and the entire Kilimnick family. Rabbi Kilimnick has continued to be a role model and teacher for us since his illness began. He has demonstrated courage and resilience as he has fought leukemia. We look forward to Rabbi resuming his place in our Shule, hearing his thoughtful insights of Torah, his wisdom of Judiasm, and his beautiful voice of prayer.
I hope you were able to join us at the special Kiddush in honor of Rabbi Avi and Esti in April. Many thanks to Ruti and David Cohen of Sabra Grill for their culinary expertise and thank you to the many donors who showed their support of Rabbi Avi and Esti and helped to make this celebration Kiddush possible. It was truly a beautiful Shabbos.
In the beginning of May we were honored to host the inaugural Leon Katzen Memorial Lecture and welcomed Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice-chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. The program was highly successful with approximately 250 in attendance that evening. Thank you to the Katzen family and to Matthew Rosenbaum for all of their work in creating an insightful evening at our Shule. Thank you to Lesley Zaretsky of The Exotic Kitchen for preparing a delicious dessert reception.
We look forward to celebrating the Bar Mitzvah of Ilan Elbaz in our Shule on Shabbat, May 28th. We wish Max and Olga and the entire family a hearty Mazel Tov and may they enjoy much nachas from Ilan together with all their children.
In addition, on that same Shabbat, we will be celebrating the Auf Ruf of Gregory Billing, fiancé of Kari Ross. We wish David and Bette Gould-Ross a Mazel Tov on the upcoming wedding of their daughter and wish Carrie and Gregory much happiness and joy.
We also wish a Mazel Tov Daniel Wishengrad who celebrated his Bar Mitzvah in Israel on February 27, 2016. Mazel Tov to Daniel’s parents Laurie and Jeff and to the entire Wishengrad family.
Please mark your calendars for our upcoming annual meeting on June 20th at 7:00pm. This year, we will be having a cook-out at Shule prior to the meeting for a nominal charge and we invite everyone to attend! More details on this event and meeting will be forthcoming.
Finally, thank you to George Kornfeld for ensuring that our Shavuot night of learning (Saturday evening June 11) will once again be packed with engaging lectures. May we all enjoy a Chag Sameach!
Congregation Beth Sholom President