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Successfully Navigating Through a Pandemic

Mon, 5/18/20 - 11:12am

May18

Dale Donchin

Dear CBT Members,

I hope that you and your loved ones are healthy. Many volunteers at CBT attempted to stay in regular touch with our members to check on their well-being. I thank them and appreciate all their efforts to care for and support our community.

To this I'll add my special thanks to the Rabbi, Jodi, Robin, Orna, and our teachers who have diligently strived to maintain normalcy when the world is anything but normal. I've "zoomed in" on many Shabbat services, B'nai Mitzvahs, and school and other virtual sessions and came away so impressed with the creativity and quality our staff displayed, ensuring that our essential mission of community and education thrives. I encourage you to take advantage of these online gatherings. It's easy to do from the comfort of your home. We don't mind if you attend in your T-shirt and sweatpants!

Speaking of B'nai Mitzvahs, I wish Ava Strout, Avery Cohen, and Rebecca Karol and their families a hearty Mazel Tov on their recent and upcoming simchas. Everyone is welcome to attend these services, too. Similar to me, you will be impressed with how well CBT responds, making these occasions so special.

Soon we will hold our annual congregational meeting at which we will briefly look back at the year just past, then focus on the leadership and finances for the next year. We claim to be a "lay-led" organization that is driven by its members. This is a perfect opportunity to assert your influence. Of course, serving in a leadership capacity and being an active participant in our community are other means to do so. Filling in an empty slot on the slate is how you can engage.

It has been a very unexpected conclusion to my second year as your president. I'm reminded that Judaism survived for many years without a home or a temple. Perhaps the modern day Diaspora is called the Internet. I'm proud of how successfully CBT staff and our congregation adapted to these new challenges. It emphasizes how privileged I am to be part of this great community.

Stay well.

Dale

Thu, October 22 2020 4 Cheshvan 5781