President’s Message

A strong board of trustees in an essential element of a successful non-profit organization, and we are no exception. Even in the best of times, officers and trustees need to be engaged in both the short and long-term issues that impact their organization. And, when facing a crisis, it is all the more important for them to focus on the problems at hand, ask the hard questions, and be willing to make difficult decisions.

Over the past year, each and every member of the CBHT Board of Trustees has dedicated their time and attention to the success of our temple. They have tackled difficult issues and worked collaboratively toward solutions as we realized the extent of our financial problems. I hope you will join me in thanking them for their tremendous efforts. The progress we’ve made has everything to do with their commitment.

I want to especially thank Sabrina Rockoff, the only trustee who has cycled off the board for this year. Sabrina consistently contributed thoughtful advice, both legal and otherwise, and always with the best interests of our congregation in mind. We will all miss her frank and honest conversations, and her humor!

As we embark on this new year, with its own set of challenges, I am so grateful to welcome two new trustees who I know will enrich our organization. They are Raymond Capelouto and Lee Goldberg.

Raymond and his wife of 35 years, Wendy, moved to Asheville part time in 2016 and full time just this month. Raymond was the president of Temple Israel in Tallahassee, and served on the URJ board, including in the role of Vice Chair of the Camping Committee, for sixteen years. He and Wendy love Asheville, including how welcoming the temple has made them feel. He feels his experience will help him bring a big-picture perspective to the issues before the board. He has served on other non-profit boards, including as the Chairman of the board of their local hospice, and has learned the importance of thinking about how short-term decisions impact the long term well-being of an organization.

Lee Goldberg, who is our new assistant treasurer, is also new to Asheville. He and his wife, Robyn, moved here just a year ago, from North Miami Beach, Florida. When you ask Lee about his involvement at his old temple, Temple Sinai of North Dade, the first thing he tells you is that he blew the shofar on Rosh Hashanah for eight years. He also served on search committees for their cantor and executive director, the finance and security committees, and chaired the campus and facilities committee. He was a member of the board of trustees for four years and became their 2nd vice president before he relocated here. He also serves on the Insurance Advisory Committee of the URJ. Lee’s goal is to always leave a place better than he found it. He is honored to be a part of the leadership of what he thinks of as an historic Jewish community, where it is his goal, with Larry Weiss and the finance committee, to identify any and all possible ways to achieve and maintain a balanced budget and to create a financial plan that will sustain our temple for future generations.

Please join me in welcoming Raymond and Lee. They, along with the rest of us on your Board of Trustees, are looking forward to bringing their knowledge, experience and enthusiasm for sustaining our precious temple community.

As always, please feel free to give me a call or drop me a line if you’d like to talk.

My Best, Karen