Today is October 17, 2019 -

Congregation Beth Israel

A spiritual oasis for the Jewish community

6 Dundee Park
Andover, MA 01810

(978) 474-0540

The Leadership’s Corner


Shalom all,

We hope you are all enjoying your summer months and taking advantage of summer activities whenever you can. As you browse through this month’s bulletin, you might be wondering what happened to the “President’s Corner”, especially if you weren’t able to make the Annual Meeting we held in June. We have changed the leadership structure of CBI for this next term. Robin Rose and Howard Spector did a wonderful job as Co-Presidents for the last 2 years and we offer our sincere thanks to them. Unfortunately, we could not find replacements for them, so we came up with a new type of leadership for us. This year we will have 4 Vice Presidents (also known as the Executive Board) that will share the duties of the President’s office.

I will serve as the Executive Vice President overseeing day to day operations and continuing to assist the Rabbi with various Ritual duties. Caren Jacobson will serve as Vice President of Programming, continuing to chair the Program Committee and serving as the liaison to our other regularly functioning committees like Social Action and CBI Cares. Jon Brody will serve as Vice President of Finance and will continue to serve as our Treasurer as well. Roberta Hantgan will serve as our Vice President of Marketing and Outreach / Inreach as well as assisting Amy with various activities and coordination. Bob Moverman has agreed to serve as Clerk of the Corporation as Jim Shainker has completed several terms in this position, as well. We thank Jim for all his strong efforts over the years. Bob will also continue to chair the ESC Committee as we look to implement many of the suggestions and guidelines that have been generated since its inception. Amy will also continue to be the primary point of contact should anyone have any concerns or questions which will be forwarded to the appropriate leadership team member.

We would also like to congratulate Elaine Winic on being selected as our Volunteer of the Year. Both she and Judy Mizner will also be joining the CBI Board of Directors. We welcome their presence on the Board. If anyone else would like to join us as we shape our future as a vibrant, growing congregation, please contact anyone on the Board or leave a message with Amy. If the Board isn’t the right fit for you, consider getting involved on a committee, helping with an event or activity or other special project. For example, Ed Sloan, one of our more “recently joined” congregants, is interested in starting a Jewish current events/news discussion group. All he needs is people to join him in this effort. Another congregant, Lester Macklin offered to coordinate our successful Yom HaShoah memorial candle drive this past spring. Several families have opened their homes over the summer to host a Shabbat on the Road service and dinner.

On Saturday night, August 10, we will be partnering with Temple Emanu-El of Haverhill as we commemorate the observance of Tisha B’Av. This will be in the form of a dairy/pareve potluck dinner followed by the service and chanting of Eicha (Book of Lamentations) and a very poignant discussion on forgiveness, based on the book, “The Sunflower” by Simon Weisenthal. Watch for the details.

Finally, you should have received your Membership Packets for the coming year. Additionally, you will soon be receiving your packets on the High Holydays. If by chance, you didn’t/don’t receive either of these, please contact Amy.

As we prepare to close one year and begin anew, we urge you to find your niche (or multiple niches) at CBI. Make CBI YOUR CBI. Help us to grow and thrive as we build on the successes of the recent past and aim to create many more in our shared future!

For the Executive Board,

Jeff Tye