Message from Our President

Dear Congregation B’nai Israel Members,

This is my last issue of Temple Topics in which I am honored to

write a message as President of our beloved Congregation B’nai

Israel. The past three years as President of our Temple has been an

incredible honor for me.

When I first joined Congregation B’nai Israel, nearly 30 years ago,

I would have never dreamed I would be in a leadership position such as President

of our Temple. Temple President seemed to be a position held by giants within our

Jewish community. I am humbled by, and I appreciate the trust and confidence

you have put in me to lead our board. To quote Sir Isaac Newton, “If I have seen

further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” It has been a wonderful and

great pleasure serving our Temple and Board these last three years. I am looking

forward to the progress we will make the next three years, as I will be included in

the list of past Presidents of Congregation B’nai Israel.

We will vote on the board slate and a proposal to modify

our kitchen from Kosher to Kosher-Style.

Voting on all other matters requires attendance at the

meeting and our constitution states we do not recognize

proxies. Your attendance is vital so that we can have a

quorum and conduct Temple business. A quorum consists

of “not less than twenty-five percent of the membership in

good standing. A member in good standing shall be

deemed one who is not more than six months in arrears of

payment dues.” If you have any questions about your

status, please contact Susan Abelkop, our Financial

Secretary. Only members in good standing may vote or

serve on the Board.

Along with the meeting, we will enjoy a wine and cheese


Thank you for your time and support of our congregation. I

look forward to seeing you soon.

Warmest regards,

Tina Lyon