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President's Message - January/February 2016

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Dear Congregation Beth Sholom,

Chanukah this year brought excitement and happiness as always, but also some very upsetting news about Rabbi Kilimnick’s health.

For 38 years Rabbi Kilimnick has been a source of strength and inspiration to countless Beth Sholom members, as we have each faced different types of challenges in our lives.  Over the years, our Rabbi has guided and nurtured us with his full heart and soul.

Now Rabbi Kilimnick is facing his own serious health challenge, and he is doing so with characteristic optimism and courage.  We all have the opportunity to help give our Rabbi strength during this difficult time. Whether through prayer, extra tehillim, or visiting Rabbi’s Caring Bridge website to keep updated on his treatment and send him personal greetings, we can all play a part toward his complete and speedy recovery.

With this in mind we have officially started a Minyan Project at Congregation Beth Sholom so Rabbi can focus on healing and not worry about Shul. We need all of you.  Please contact me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and let me know when you are able to attend Minyan.  We are creating a list to ensure our minyanim are robust and healthy each and every day.  If you need a ride we will try to arrange that for you.

Earlier in December, we were honored to have Rabbi Yaakov Moshe Poupko as our Scholar in Residence to share his thoughtful insights.  Many thanks to Sheri Simon, Sonia Newman and their Sisterhood committee for catering a delicious lunch and learn for all of us to enjoy on Shabbos.

Our annual Chanukah party was joyful with Rabbi Avi at the helm spinning the giant dreidel and ensuring a lively evening. There was lots of food – many thanks Marjorie Montag, Camelia Marzouk and their Sisterhood committee for a wonderful meal – and there were gifts for our children provided by Yosef and Steve, our gabaaim.

Finally, at our Shabbat around the world dinner, 100 of us were truly inspired by Camelia Marzouk’s incredible cooking, as we all devoured a delicious Friday evening Shabbat meal Egyptian style.  Many thanks to Camelia and her committee for all of their preparation and hard work.

Please remember to pick up a copy of the new Congregation Beth Sholom brochure in the Shul office to see all of the exciting upcoming events that we have planned for the coming months.

Kim Holtzman

Congregation Beth Sholom President

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 05 January 2016 23:23 )  

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