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A Word from The President

October 2014
Tishrei - Chesvan 5775

October is here, and we are in the midst of endings and beginnings. Late September was the official end of summer, the regular baseball season is coming to a close, and the sweltering heat is finally winding down. In the meantime, CSI Sunday School, Hebrew School, and USY/Kadima have gotten off to a great beginning, along with our new 4K Class. We welcomed the High Holidays with Havdalah and Selichot, apples and honeybuns, beautiful Rosh Hashanah services with the CSI choir (and babysitters),Tashlich, and a very meaningful Cemetery Service. There is even more on the way in October, with dinner before Kol Nidre,Yom Kippur Services with our Book of Remembrance, Ceremony of Light for the children, Break the Fast, Sukkot Family Night and the many Sukkot activities (see inside bulletin), and Simchat Torah Family Night. Also, we will soon be receiving our new 5775 CSI Ad Book and Directory.

All of these things don’t just happen. I have to admit that for many years I did not give much thought to what it takes to organize and create all that goes on at our shul. What I have learned is that behind the scene there is an enormous amount of details that go into planning. Many congregants volunteer their time and energy to make our synagogue experience meaningful and memorable. So this is one gigantic THANK YOU to everyone! Thank you to Rabbi Rubinstein, Jeff Lehman, David Frolich, Jay Freedman, and the Ritual Committee; to Sharona and the CSI Choir, Jennifer Bernstein and the Board of Education and teachers and Laura Ilan, Jim Henigman and Officer Bellaire, Donnell and Vannetta Howard, Lena Carroll and Shelley Davidson and Terri Frolich, Stephanie Johnson and Deborah Adler, all the Torah readers, Shofar blowers, and participants in services, JoeFinkelstein, Jan Lewis and the Adult Education Committee, and to Theresa Rosengart and her ad-book committee. Also, thank you to Edythe Cohen and Family for the beautiful flowers on the bimah for Rosh Hashanah. As I have said in previous articles, thank you also to our members, who participate and support CSI in ways that make all of these things possible. At this time of rejoicing and serious introspection, I am grateful that there is so much to celebrate, and that we are fortunate to be able to celebrate it together!

“Be conscious and hold on as we spin around the sun one more time!”
A Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year

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