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11/03/2020 01:47:53 PM


Steve Fintel

I've been approached a few times on the topic of volunteering. At the surface, it sounds like an easy topic to address. Here's a congregant that wants to help, so let's take advantage of that, right?

The recipe for success is multidimensional. We first need to evaluate where we need help, both in areas that we know about as well as new opportunities we haven't yet given thought to. Then we need to understand where the person offering...Read more...

Thoughts on High Holy Days and returning to the building

10/06/2020 02:31:14 PM


Steve Fintel

L'shanah tovah, everyone. It looks like we made it through High Holy Days 5781. I think our staff, clergy and HHD chair people have earned (yet another) hearty thank you for putting together a meaningful prayer experience. As I have said before, they had no template to draw from in creating this year's services. They created everything from scratch. And as Rabbi Freedman pointed out, there was more than double the effort.  In order for...Read more...

The Importance of the Upcoming Survey

09/04/2020 08:26:33 PM


An important way to ensure that Temple Beth Shalom is continually improving and strengthening itself is by gaining your perspective.  We are thrilled to be taking part in the launch of a synagogue survey coordinated through Measuring Success as part of our Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) membership. We are one of over 100 congregations to participate in the project thus far.


The purpose of the synagogue survey is...

The team that gets it done

08/02/2020 07:18:23 PM


I was going to write about why we've decided to make our High Holy Days observance a virtual event. About how a socially distanced sanctuary is downright depressing (to me)... About the sense that seeing every one spaced in clusters six feet apart seems like the opposite of community. But you don't need me to reiterate that. We are all living it every day.

Instead, allow me to kvell (beam with pride) about our awesome staff....Read more...

Coming back to our building

07/02/2020 02:00:50 PM


Steve Fintel

"A crown is merely a hat that lets the rain in."
     -- Frederick the Great

Shalom chaverim. On July 1, I became president of Temple Beth Shalom. I would first like to express my deepest gratitude for the trust you've placed in me. I hope my actions as president will merit your faith.

In the interest of transparency of leadership, I would like to start a new tradition of writing to the congregation...Read more...

Thu, December 3 2020 17 Kislev 5781