President's Message September 2004
As we approach the High Holidays, I find this time
of year to be a good one to reflect on how my life has been the last
year and to see if it is going in a good direction. I have come through
many ups and downs this year and I am looking forward to the upcoming
year with much anticipation. Some things are working out very well,
in terms of the Jewish Center and my family and my career, and other
things concern me very much, such as my family, the Jewish Center and
In the current economic environment, we must all be prepared for what
may lay ahead. Some of us will face tougher security at our workplaces.
I work 3 blocks from the Prudential building in Newark, a named terrorist
target. Some of us have been out of work this year and some of us are
not sure what the future holds for our chosen careers. Iris and I now
have three teenagers in the house, with all that that implies. We certainly
have our hands full, but look for ways to make our home life as happy
Probably my favorite part of the last year has been leading the lay
services on our “off” weeks from services. It gives me a
chance to really think about what prayer means to me, but more importantly
what all of you mean to me. You are my second family and I treasure
each and every one on you from the youngest to the oldest. You are the
reason that I love being at this temple.
I wish you all a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year.
And remember, if you need my help for for anything, I am only a phone