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Come Together at Adath Israel

A message from our synagogue president, Elliott Miller

I am learning that a normal day in the life of Adath Israel is a busy day indeed. Beginning with morning minyan and "the best breakfast on the Main Line" and ending with the last committee meeting or rehearsal of Guys and Dolls. There are school days and tutoring and Adult Ed and conferences and office work and so much more that it's too much to mention it all here. However important these days are, it is just as meaningful to step back and try to imagine what our community will look like five to ten years down the road and how we will continue to be as vibrant a place as we are now. In this issue, I will discuss three initiatives which take a look at who we are and where we are going.

Our First VP, David Steinman and Rabbi Yanoff are guiding our new strategic planning initiative. At our first two board meetings this year, they guided spirited discussions by the members of the Board of Directors about the future of Adath Israel and the questions we feel the synagogue will face in the next several years. The board plans to expand that discussion in the form of parlor meetings and town hall discussions during the months between Chanukah and Purim. The first part of the discussion will feature input from as many congregants as we can involve. We hope to start by asking members to help us determine the right questions as we attempt to define our next five to ten years. Look for more information soon. We hope you will be part of the discussion.

Shelby Simmons and Rabbi Rosen are organizing and revitalizing the Mitzvah Makers committee. It is now know as the Tikkun Olam Community and will function as an umbrella for all of the mitzvah opportunities at Adath Israel. They will sponsor mitzvah projects and help to promote projects sponsored by other committees and the schools.

Social justice activism is an important component of Jewish life. The Tikkun Olam Community is sponsoring a two year social justice campaign around the issues of hunger relief and education. The first hunger relief project was the High Holy Day food drive, which was a tremendous success. The schools and other committees will  work together to also help bring awareness to the issue of hunger relief and education. Thanks to the enthusiastic leadership of Shelby and Rabbi Rosen, our community response has been overwhelmingly positive.

As soon as you walk through the door, you can't help but notice the success of the Hineni Campaign led by Debbie Kurtz, Lisa Sandler and Melissa Greenberg. Our Mandell sanctuary has been the recipient of two prestigious design awards this past fall. As we discuss what our future at Adath Israel will look like, we look forward to the next phase of construction which will make our facility more secure and more accessible. If you have not yet made a pledge to the Hineni Campaign, we would love to hear from you. Please contact our office.

I am so thankful for our staff and volunteers who make our community more meaningful every day.