Today is April 24, 2018 -

Congregation Beth Israel

A spiritual oasis for the Jewish community

Riverwalk - 360 Merrimack Street
Building 5, 3rd Floor
Lawrence, MA 01843-1740

(978) 474-0540

The President’s Corner

Fellow Congregants,

We want to thank so many of you for coming out to the community Information Sessions held last month. The high percentage of attendees shows the strong commitment of our community to invest in CBI’s future. As a reminder, and for those who couldn’t attend, we will attempt to recap the highlights.

The big news is that by the time this bulletin is published, we hope to have a signed lease to move to a property at Dundee Park in Andover this summer. We are very excited to have a new home large enough to stay “home” for the High Holidays, be able to host life cycle events, and more easily accommodate special programming. More details will follow, but we will need everyone’s assistance in packing and then setting up our new location.

The many conversations we’ve had over the last several months, made it clear to the board that CBI congregants want to maintain our autonomy. While it is important to be part of the larger Jewish community, our blend of modern traditional Judaism combined with a caring community is unique to CBI and something you all want to continue. We’ve listened, and are taking steps to build a stronger future.

Our future home is the first piece of the puzzle, but we still have a lot of work to do. As you all know, we currently run at a significant deficit each year, and as we reiterated at the Information Sessions, this can’t last forever. To work towards a stable future, CBI will look to find new revenue streams, in addition to increasing membership. You brainstormed many new ideas of potential opportunities for generating revenue and it is critical to continue this momentum. From a membership perspective, a new brochure and other marketing efforts are in the works, as we will be working to take advantage of our strengths, by marketing ourselves as the unique, loving, adult community we are.

There is a lot of work to do, and we need all of you to get involved and share your strengths and passions. Organize an event, reach out to potential company sponsors, cook a meal – there are hundreds of ways to get involved. As suggested, we will also be generating a task list, and trying to make it easier for people to help in very specific ways. Whether you can spare two hours a week or ten, we need each and every one of you to help us reach our goals, and we hope you’ll all step up and commit to a task or two.

We will plan to have more Information Sessions in the future and provide the transparency you are all looking for. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with your thoughts and ideas at any time.

At this time of year when we recall the journey of our ancestors so long ago, we embark on a new journey of our own. Together, we can more than survive, we can thrive!

Happy Passover – Spring is Coming!

Robin Rose and Howard Spector