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President's Column

Where does time go? Is there really such a thing as "time" or is it an illusion? Is the past, the present, and the future, all happening at the same time (as some have suggested)? 

I don't claim to have these answers but I do know that the High Holidays are approaching us with "warp speed" and we are juggling lots of things to get ready for them.

For now, I want to focus on our music. We advertise ourselves as providing spiritual and MUSICAL services. And-we keep our promise.

Let's start with our brand new Coordinator of Music-Dan Spector. We've been telling you he's coming to us for quite a while. We've been telling you how gifted he is. At our July 20th Shabbat service you found out that we weren't exaggerating. Dan has already started rehearsing our professional choir soloists for the High Holidays.

You know these people. They have sung with us for several years. VanNessa Hulme, soprano, Kathy Cunningham, Alto, Perry Hayes, Tenor and Donald Perry, Bass. As soloists, they are outstanding. As a quartet, they are magnificent.  

Dan has also begun rehearsing the instrumentalists, who, along with his inspired piano accompaniment, provide the rich fullness that only instrumental accompaniment can provide. Look for Marianne Rotstein on violin, Kael Sharp on trumpet, Hilda Weintraub on harp, Amy Wolff on French horn, Dwain Roque on percussion-and (to be announced later) our  talented wind instrumentalists  (flute, clarinet, oboe...they'll be there). Personally, I can't wait for the music to begin.

And then there is Kol Nidre. We are so fortunate to have with us again, world-class cellist, RusLan Biryukov. (We thank Sisterhood for sponsoring this musical phenomenon for us). If you have never heard RusLan's gorgeous interpretation of the Kol Nidre, you are in for an incomparable treat. When we add Rabbi-Cantor Didi's glorious voice singing Kol Nidre, first just with cello accompaniment, and then with all the choir and instruments, I think you'll understand what  "heavenly" sounds like.

So where does time go? Don't really know-but when it comes to our High Holiday Music,  it can't arrive fast enough for me! I'm looking forward to seeing you all at Erev Rosh Hashanah on Sunday, September 9th at 7:30 p.m. for the start of a memorable High Holiday Season.

L'Shanah Tovah Tikatevu!

Diana Wolff, President

Board of Trustees



President: Diana Wolff

1st Vice-President:  Mark Reichard

2nd Vice President:  Sue Jones

3rd Vice President:  Karen Greenberg

4th Vice President:  Roger Peterson

Sisterhood President:  Wendy Wengrow

Treasurer:  Linda Klugman

Recording Secretary:  Saundra Reichard

Past President:  Terry Schneier



Two Year Term

Judi Fradkin

Debra Goldberg

Elias Resnisky

Amy Wolff


One Year Term

David Applebaum

Harriet Allyn

Natalie Spencer



Mon, December 10 2018 2 Tevet 5779