Today is April 22, 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,

March at CBI has a litle something for everyone. Whether you favor religious, social, educational, or community
events, or all of the above, you’ll find it all at CBI.

To kick off the month, CBI’s Social Committee brings back an all-tme favorite event, the Progressive Dinner. Next, if you haven’t attended recently, try our regular partcipatory Saturday morning services. You can also follow Bashert to Temple Emanu-El in Haverhill in early March, or join our spirited musical Shabbat at the shul on the 29
th. For a different educatonal experience, our Adult Educaton team brings a unique program, “Hummus, Bedouins, and Me”, where Colin Day will share his experiences teaching elementary school children in a Bedouin Village in Israel, and how he learned of the deep meaning of shared food experiences and developed a fascinaon around the Middle East’s delectable staple, Hummus. And, have you ever heard a Purim shpiel according to the Beatles?! This promises to be a night you don’t want to miss. The month wraps up with an opportunity to give back to the community, serving dinner at the Lazarus house.

We are very proud of the depth and breadth of activities being offered at CBI. They are representative of the types of activities we want to continue to provide for our members, and as importantly, market to the community around us.

As you know, the Strategic Planning Commiyee has been working with the non-profit consulting company, Empower
Success Corps, to help plan for CBI’s future. One of the components of this process has been to make sure we can
delineate and express our most central tenets. Based on member surveys, along with many conversations, interviews
and feedback collected, the following key values have been identified:

♦ Experience fulfilling, meaningful religious life
♦ Experience the joy of helping others
♦ Enrich your social life
♦ Keep learning and growing.

We hope these key values resonate with you all. We are working to make sure our programming is in-line with these
objectives, and to increase our marketing efforts to better publicize CBI. You may have seen our press releases recently in the Eagle Tribune, Andover Townsman, Lowell Sun, Jewish Journal, Jewish Advocate, and the Patch. We want to thank Roberta Hantgan and Amy Sherr for all they’ve done to ramp up our publicity engine.

We also want to thank the many individuals involved in the planning and execution of all the services and events being held this month. You are all an important part of our programming and marketing efforts. If you haven’t been involved previously, consider running an event. If you have, consider taking a larger role: a seat on the board or a leadership role. As engaged congregants, you are our biggest asset.

Bring your family and friends, and join us for what promises to be an exciting month at CBI.

Robin Rose and Howard Spector