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President's Message - June 2019

Lana Black

President’s Message,

May has been a very successful and productive month at Beth Shalom. Rabbi Schwarzman will begin his work as our Rabbi on July 1st., 2019. He and his wife Bettina are very excited to be coming to Edmonton and joining our kehillah. Thank you to the members of the Rabbi Search Committee, the negotiating committee and the Beth Shalom Board for the contribution of their time and hard work to hire our new Rabbi. May we all go from strength to strength!

The Beth Shalom Board continues to work on your behalf. At our May 30th Board meeting two more congregants joined the 2019-2020 Board. Welcome to Sylvia Alpern and Boris Belkin who are now members of our Board. This brings our Board membership total to 13 members. As well the Board authorized the refurbishing of the Rabbi’s office and to strike a committee to review our present membership policy. Drew Hanson, who is our Board secretary and membership chair, will be chairing the membership policy review committee. Drew has provided an article outlining our present membership policy for you to read in this Bulletin.

The lower chapel renovations have been completed. The chapel has been redesigned as a multi- purpose space. Chairs have replaced the benches and the reading table is refurbished and is on wheels. Modern pot lighting and new window coverings have been installed. Custom-built shelving provides much needed storage space and the new Ark is equipped with locks to safeguard the Torahs when they are not in use. Our beautiful, intimate, newly renovated chapel is perfect for many synagogue activities such as morning minyans, a baby naming, a bedeken, a bris or a variety of learning sessions. Ruth-Ellen Shafir and Susan Baram co-chaired the Chapel Renovation Committee. Their commitment, expertise and leadership skills have made a huge contribution to Beth Shalom. Yasher koach on a job well done!

The work to upgrade our electrical system is presently underway. The work to bring the new electrical service in from the power pole is ongoing this week. If you are planning to park in the synagogue parking lot during this time please enter the lot through the east side entrance. The interior electrical work is being completed at the same time and will take approximately three weeks to complete. Thank you to Jeff Rabinovitch, our Board treasurer, for supervising this much needed electrical upgrade.

Thank you for your ongoing support of Beth Shalom!



Lana Black


Mon, 17 June 2019 14 Sivan 5779