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05/07/2019 02:01:05 PM

May7

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

 

Dear Congregants,

Wow! What a year this has been for Hebrew Congregation of Somers! In a year of transition where we might have experienced chaos and stagnation, we, instead, have coalesced, grown and blossomed. We now enthusiastically look forward to Rabbi Shoshana Leis’ leadership and arrival in July.

Throughout the year Cantor Ruth Ossher led our services and Lunch and Learn sessions so beautifully with her knowledge, her wisdom and, of course, with her melodious voice. Attendance at services is up, yet we would love to see more of our young families at our once a month Friday Family Services and Pot Luck dinners. It is such a joy to have our children and their families involved.

With Education Director Jill Liflander’s passionate leadership, expertise and creativity and the dedication of the teachers, our Hebrew School is thriving and growing. Also, Jill and others are beginning a beautifying project of the synagogue with colorful framed posters of Israel, cleaning house, removing broken down furniture, cleaning out the rabbi’s study, library and attic areas upstairs and more. Please watch for announcements to see how you can join in the beautification efforts and please let us know if you have any ideas.

Danielle Greenberg, who has led fun and informative Adult Education classes all year, has arranged for Stav Appel to speak at our June 6 Adult Ed session. The Fascinating topic is how the 15th century Marseille Tarot holds hidden meanings for the “Secret Jews” of the era. Watch for the flyer announcement for details.

Besides Lunch and learn and Adult Ed, we have had 2 NAMI (National Association on Mental Illness) presentations: one for adults only in the Fall and one for parents and kids in the Spring. The presentations focused on recognizing the signs of depression and how to seek help. We also had and international Israeli educator, Nadav Shachmon (here for three years working at Westchester Jewish Council) who gave us a timely talk on the Israeli election system.

Bob Fischer continues to oversee building repairs and improved security systems, so we can worship, learn and socialize in peace and safety. Your continued financial support for these efforts is essential for their success and is greatly appreciated.

Come one, come all to the Annual Congregation Meeting and Hebrew School Moving Up Ceremony on May19th. It’s a great time to show our pride in our students and learn even more about this year’s achievements such as our Social Action Projects, Mitzvah Projects, Somers Community Council and group trips. Refreshments will be served.

Finally, many, many thanks to Oscar, all our committees and chairs, all our volunteers, attendees and students for helping to make H.C.S. shine so brightly this year!

The Board of Directors and the Co-Presidents are wishing each and every one of you an enjoyable and healthy summer.

SHALOM,

Vicki Stein Prusnofsky, Co-President

03/13/2019 12:21:49 PM

Mar13

A message from Co-President Bob Fischer

Thank you to all who are our attending our services led by Cantor Ruth. It is a pleasure to see all of you and the energy you contribute to the congregation and good feelings we all share through prayers, singing, chanting, and being together. Remember to order your Shalach Manot and attend the Megillah reading on Friday, March 22.

Thank you for using our new RING doorbell. We can now know when someone is at the door and can verify their identity. Thanks to all have been contributing to security improvements. We have repaired and improved the front door in addition to the doorbell. More changes will occur in the future.

Oscar continues to keep the building ship-shape. Nonetheless our building and the house across the street do need work. We recently completed chimney repairs at the house and our sanctuary exit and stairway by the bima need repair. Your contributions toward these efforts are appreciated. All of the security and building repairs and improvements are costly. As we have always said, our expenses are covered by dues, tuitions, HH pledges AND contributions. Thank you for your generosity.

Look for emails inviting you to attend Ritual Committee meetings to plan services and the upcoming High Holidays. Please continue to support your synagogue and community at services and pot lucks and through participation in Sisterhood, the Education Committee and your energy and enthusiasm.

Shalom

Bob

 

01/14/2019 01:07:52 PM

Jan14

Gloria Caldarella

January/February 2019

 

Hello Fellow Congregants!

 

Back in July, when Bob, Vicki, and I divided the duties of the HCS Presidency into thirds, we also split up the year’s “Presidents’ Message” for the Shofar. I hadn’t realized at the time that I would inadvertently get stuck with the winter installment. Why ‘stuck’? Well…we have passed the joyous and reflective fall holidays, we have passed festive and latke-filled Chanukah, and we are not yet up to the feeling of renewal that Purim and Passover offer. If you are a “snowbird” you are reading this message from a lounge chair someplace warm and sunny. But most of us are stuck in a typical New York winter, with gray skies, rain, snow, ice, and cold. Brrrrr!

 

What message of warmth and optimism can I send out to carry us all through to the March-April Shofar along with the promise of spring?? There are several thoughts that occur to me that I would like to share and I hope you feel less stuck thinking about them:

 

  • Every day we add two minutes of daylight more than the day before
  • You can reflect on the good times we had during fall festivals and festivities (aaah, that yummy Chanukah dinner!)
  • You can plan some spring activities (create your Megillah costume now)
  • You can plan a summer vacation knowing that you will be packing up the gloves and unpacking the bright colors and short sleeves again
  • You can join us for services and Lunch and Learn to either commiserate about the cold or warm up with fellow congregants through some lively exchanges (and food always makes me happy)

 

On the positive side, HCS is busy as always with Hebrew School, Sisterhood, Shabbat services, and the continuing process of hiring a new rabbi. A sincere thank you to all those HCS members—adults and children—who showed their support by attending the Friday evening and Saturday morning shabbat services that were co-led by Rabbi Shoshana Leis and our Cantor, Ruth Ossher. The response to our Rabbi candidate was overwhelmingly positive. We are working with Rabbi Leis in the hope that she will be joining the HCS family as one of our spiritual and religious leaders. May I take this time to thank Ruth Ossher for the excellent job she has done leading services and supporting all HCS members.

 

So…make some hot chocolate or cider, find a fleece throw, and think warm thoughts,

Gloria Caldarella

 

Sat, June 15 2019 12 Sivan 5779