Over the past two years, when I have spoken to people about my role as president of our temple, I would get that “Oh, I am so sorry” look. They most always say something about how tedious it must be to deal with the complainers, the naysayers. I can honestly say that has not been my experience.
My experience has been that nearly all my interactions are with kind and compassionate congregants who only want the best for our temple. My experience has been with trustees who are engaged and when we have tough decisions before us they make valuable contributions. My experience has been that executive committee members do whatever it takes, for however long it takes, to deal with all kinds of complex issues. I have had the pleasure of collaborating with our dedicated staff, executive director and rabbi. I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of so many volunteers.
We have faced some challenges during my tenure as president. We’ve had to navigate some serious issues, including a financial deficit and the need to improve security. Sometimes there were heated debates and there were often differing opinions. But in every situation, my respect, admiration and love for the people I got to work with only grew. And, I had the added benefit of getting to work closely with the Rabbi. This has enriched my life in ways I couldn’t have imagined.
As I wrap up my time in this leadership role, and also wrap up my time at CBHT, I can’t help but reflect on the many wonderful moments that have shaped my and my family’s lives here. But it is truly the people I’ve come to know and the friends I have made, whom I will miss. I continue to be amazed by the efforts of so many to make this a special place.
I recently had the chance to dip my toe into temple life at a synagogue in Nashville. Someone there asked if I was ‘synagogue shopping’, and I guess the answer is “yes.” The transition for me won’t be easy, as I believe our temple has set the bar incredibly high. But I will know when I’ve found my new temple home because it will be filled with kind and generous people who work hard to make their faith community thrive. I am so grateful to have learned the value of that here at CBHT.
All My Best,