John W. Belsher
Temple Ner Shalom
A Growing Congregation
It is with great pleasure that I volunteered to serve as president of TNS for the upcoming year. Please let me know what you would like to see from your Temple leadership.
I hope this year is one of fun and enlightenment for our young and vibrant congregation. We are changing in family dynamics, with some 25 children under the age of 10 in our religious school. Our Board hopes to turn the leadership over to the millenials and their commitment to Jewish family as a natural progression of our growth.
I have many goals to discuss with you and the Board. I want to keep our successful and on-going traditions intact, including regular seudah shlisheet, lay leadership and Friday night tot shabbats and family potlucks. One desire is to formalize our social networking. Chavarot should become regular scheduled gatherings of families. We can form a reading group, which can share in adult education.
Let's also discuss how to advance spiritual pursuits. We can count on our returning Rabbi for inspiration at services and adult education. We can also bring in guest speakers.
As for our facility, we plan to start the Klein room addition this month of July, after much preparation under Armin Bandari's guidance. This space will give us many options for fellowship and programming--and should reduce the crumbs in the sanctuary!
I am looking for voluteer help or funding for maintaining our property. The UCP no longer performs this function and it is more than one person (me) can handle, especially given my new presidential duties.
At High Holy Days this year I will be asking for help from above, but also help from all of you, as important members of the Temple Net Shalom family.