Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie, President
Mazal tov on your election to your synagogue’s Board of Trustees. As you assume a leadership role in your congregation, I wish you well. I hope your service as a board member will be a very meaningful experience, one that helps you grow as a leader and as a Jew.
You now have a marvelous opportunity to help develop the programmatic and spiritual direction of your synagogue by striving to secure lifelong learning opportunities through the study of Torah and the texts of our faith. You can also seek to create ways and means by which your congregation can adopt the great principles and ideals of our people in order to become a congregation of vision, one that truly represents a center of religious living and religious action.
In addition to being an honor, the responsibility you accepted when you agreed to become a trustee of your congregation represents a critical and sacred trust. You will be called upon to deal with financial and business aspects of the congregation. You will also be a partner in working toward the creation of a secure financial and spiritual future for your temple for generations yet to come. As a leader of the synagogue, you can set an example for fellow congregants by your participation in educational and cultural programs as well as Shabbat and holiday worship services.
You are joining a vast cadre of dedicated men and women, your counterparts in Reform congrega- tions across North America, who give of their time and talents to strengthen and enhance their home congregations. In turn, all of you have a share in insuring a viable and strong future for the Reform Movement. As the individual links in our family of congregations are strengthened, so the national institutions of Reform Judaism are enriched and enhanced as we gain new programmatic ideas and insights as well as a pool of devoted and experienced future lay leaders for the Union and other institutions of Reform Judaism.
May you gain intellectual and spiritual growth as you embark on this sacred journey of service to our people and our faith. Shalom and all good wishes.
Eric H. Yoffie
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