From the President



On Tuesday, June 18, at 7:00 PM we will be holding our Annual Membership Meeting and election of Officers and Directors.  The Temple Nominating Committee has provided a slate for the 2024-2025 term, which you will find in this month’s edition of the Chai Times as well as on the website.  We have two Director positions for which we have no nominees.  A few people have expressed interest, and we will take formal nominations from the floor at the Annual Meeting.  If you think you might like to join the Board, I invite you to attend the meeting and put your name in nomination, or if you know someone who you think would make a good director, come nominate them!  They just either need to be at the meeting or available by phone (or text or email) to accept the nomination that evening.

Even if you aren’t interested in serving on the Board itself, we still need help at Temple.  There are several standing committees that need chairs and plenty of less formal ways to become involved.

If you aren’t interested in a specific title or role, maybe you have an idea for something you would like to see the Temple do, be it something involving our surrounding community, an activity or club you would like to see the Temple start, or some event you think the Temple should hold.  We have tried many things suggested by members of our Temple family over the years – a drawing class, a Yiddish group, our Book Club, our monthly Pizza Night, a talent show, movie nights, a Casino night, a singles group, and others.  Our Choir suggested our recent Broadway and Beyond show. 

Some ideas have caught on, some have not, some were successful for their time, some we still have.  All were really good ideas worth trying and they all were suggested by someone in our community — like you!

Maybe there is something on our campus that you’ve noticed needs attention, something you can fix or improve.  We’d love your help in addressing those needs as well.  Your skill or creative talent can make a real and lasting difference.  Remember, you can always make a contribution to our Building Fund.

June 30 marks the end of the current term of Officers and Directors.  A heartfelt thank you to those who along with me have had the honor of serving our congregation.  We have accomplished much in the past year as our Temple continues its recovery from the pandemic.  While many members of the Board will be returning, our Secretary, Melissa Potter, and Directors Barbara Harmon and Felicia Van Dyk are stepping back from the Board, but not their involvement in Temple Beth Emet.


Thank you all as well to the entire Temple Beth Emet community for your continued confidence in me, the love you show, the energies you add to our family, and everything you do to make Temple Beth Emet “the Temple with a Heart.”

— IRA L. GOLDSTEIN, President