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President's Message - March 2020

Lana Black


This is the last article I will contribute to the President’s Column in the monthly bulletin. Serving as the president of Beth Shalom has been enjoyable and very rewarding. It has taught me a great deal about Beth Shalom, Conservative Judaism, and our Edmonton Jewish community. Thank you for these opportunities. I am grateful for the opportunity to have served as your president.

During the past two years while I have served as president the Edmonton Beth Shalom Board the Board has accomplished a great deal on your behalf. We are very proud of:

successfully hiring a new Rabbi, Rabbi Steven Schwarzman, as our congregation’s spiritual leader,

completing the renovation of the lower chapel,

completing the upgrading of the synagogue’s electrical infrastructure,

providing a safer and more secure synagogue where congregants can express their Jewish faith in a more welcoming, inclusive, peaceful, and secure environment,

initiating a membership policy review to be completed in 2020,

creating a Judaic art acquisition policy,

developing positive relationships/partnerships with and supporting other Edmonton Jewish organizations and those in the Conservative Jewish community.

These accomplishments were done in tandem with the successful ongoing and prudent management of the financial resources, the staff, and the building at Beth Shalom.

The accomplishments we achieved were the result of the good will, teamwork and dedication of the Beth Shalom Board of Directors and the Beth Shalom staff.

Thank you to our Board of Directors for volunteering their time, energy, and expertise. Thank you to Rabbi Steven Schwarzman, our spiritual leader, Cantor David Mannes, ritual assistant, Helena Khazanovsky, Office Manager, Dorothy Turner, Bookkeeper, Bogumila Szopik and Vera Tkacuk, Caterers and Uri Kost our custodian and maintenance person. Nor can we forget the many volunteers that worked alongside of the synagogue’s Board and staff. They helped us to achieve what we set out to do. Thank you for your contributions to our Kehilla.

Beth Shalom needs and values your ongoing participation. With this in mind please attend our Annual General Meeting to be held on Sunday, March 29 at 1:00 pm in the synagogue’s lower auditorium. See you there and may we continue to go from strength to strength.


Lana Black












Mon, 25 May 2020 2 Sivan 5780