Today is February 18, 2019 -

Congregation Beth Israel

A spiritual oasis for the Jewish community

6 Dundee Park
Andover, MA 01810

(978) 474-0540

The President’s Corner

Dear Friends,

On Sunday, November 18th, we welcomed over 75 congregants, community officials, and faith leaders into our new home at Dundee Park in Andover. Our dedication event was a very special day of community building, remembrance, and new beginnings.

We want to thank everyone who helped make this event such a success, especially Event Co-Chairs, Roberta Hantgan and Jim Shainker.

This event highlighted what is so special about our CBI community. We listened to Rabbi Mandell’s inspirational words around resilience and combatting bigotry; and Andover Selectwoman, Annie Gilbert, and State Representative-Elect, Tram Nguyen, enthusiastically welcomed CBI back to Andover and reminded us of the importance of inclusivity and opportunity for all. We raised monies to not only support our synagogue, but based on our faith’s tradition of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world, we dedicated a percentage of the proceeds from the event to the Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund.

This important event in CBI’s history helped us continue to build a strong base for our future. We received lots of great publicity in local publications, and reminded our local community that CBI is alive and well.

We hope everyone had a peaceful and enjoyable Thanksgiving and, like us, got a chance to give thanks for all the blessings in our lives. With Anti-semitism on the rise, it feels, at times, like our freedom is under attack. Freedom to worship, freedom to be different, freedom to have opposing views, freedom of choice and freedom to live life free of fear. Our resilience as a country, and as a community, continues to be tested, but like the Maccabees so many years ago, we will be up to the challenge.

As the year draws to a close, please think about what you can do to help our Shul continue to grow. We’ve made terrific strides this year in our new home, but we need your involvement to continue. Please consider joining the board, running a program, or helping in the office. With the myriad of tasks needed to keep CBI running, we need not just your financial support, but your participation, as well. As this holiday season draws near, think about what you can do to ensure that our lights do not go out.

We wish everyone a very Happy Hanukkah and look forward to seeing everyone at the Shul.

Robin Rose and Howard Spector