Today is February 17, 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,

CBI continues to be busy with activities and we hope you’ll join us for the community and educational events coming up this month.

We also want to remind you to put February 10th on your calendar if you haven’t already, for this year’s Sweet Indulgence event. Jon Brody and his team are working very hard to make this year’s event a great success. Start today putting your tables together, requesting donations from local vendors and donating to the auction. You can find more information on how you can help in the bulletin and emails that were sent out. We can’t do this without you and need everyone’s assistance to reach our goals.

Last but certainly not least, we wanted to provide everyone insight into some critical exploration activities that are ongoing, as our re- location committee has been hard at work looking for a new home for Congregation Beth Israel. Our current lease is up at the end of August and we don’t have an option of renewing at the current location. The following parameters to determine the characteristics of our potential new home have been determined at the committee and Board level discussions.

1) The chosen location has to be central to the current demographic associated with the congregation resulting in real estate searches in Andover, Methuen , North Andover and Tewksbury.

2) The chosen facility/space needs the capability to provide adequate space for High Holiday services, life cycle events and social events to furnish a comfortable location to retain the warm and friendly atmosphere associated with CBI.

3) The facility has to be financially appropriate for the status of the current congregation’s membership levels.

Over the past few months local realtors, commercial property owners as well as other Jewish organizations have been all been contacted, as part of this effort. The local realtors have been forwarding properties which are available for rental or sale while Jim Shainker has been in contact with Ozzy Properties and has discussed locations at Dundee Park and Osgood Landing. Discussions have also been ongoing with Temple Emanuel in Andover concerning the potential co-existing of the two congregations under one religious roof. We will continue to provide updates on all of these options and more as we get more concrete details and have options to consider.

As important as the logistics of establishing a new home, is making sure we can guarantee the preservation of the CBI legacy for the past and future generations. We want to hear your thoughts and needs, as the continuation of Congregation Beth Israel is the ultimate goal. I hope you’ve all had a chance to reach the article in the Jewish Journal last month about CBI. Click here to read the article

Succinctly put, Tradition and Hope keep our congregation going.

Now is the time for the congregation to determine how to move forward. We hope you will all take an active role in the upcoming year, as it will certainly be a critical one in CBI’s existence. Please email, call, participate, volunteer and attend. We need to hear what’s important to you. Together we can determine the vision for CBI’s future based on our collective strengths and passions.

We wish you and your families a Happy and Healthy 2018!

Robin Rose and Howard Spector