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Erev Shabbat Message from Rabbi Feldman

Dear Friends,
 
I am feeling a great deal of gratitude today. First, on behalf of my family, I want to express my gratitude for all of the good wishes on Ilan becoming a Bar Mitzvah. We appreciate the donations made in his honor and all of the mazel tovs we have received in person, through email and through cards. From the special celebration in Israel before Pesach through Ilan chanting the Haftorah on the First Day of Shavuot on Wednesday, we have felt so much naches and good feelings for our son. It was a special thrill to share this celebration with so many important people in our lives including our TJC family this week. We also had another celebration as Talia graduated from High School last week. As you can see, I have many personal reasons to show my gratitude and appreciation this week.
 
Those feelings of gratitude and appreciation are extended to our TJC leadership this week as we prepare for Shabbat of Appreciation this evening. I hope you will join us for our Kabbalat Shabbat service at 8 PM in the Sanctuary that will be followed by expressions of our gratitude to Naomi Perlman and the outgoing members of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors. For the past two years, these TJC leaders have dedicated so much of their time to our synagogue and each of them deserves our gratitude for their service. To oversee the day-to-day operations of a synagogue is a complicated process and we owe these volunteers the proper gratitude and appreciation.
 
This evening will also be an opportunity to welcome in Linda Meisel as our new TJC President along with the new members of the Executive Committee and members of the Board of Directors. Each of these individuals has a specific role to play as an officer or board member and each of them understand the collective responsibilities as well. The list of Board members includes people with various backgrounds and passions for TJC and I look forward to working with all of them in the next two years. Tonight is an opportunity for us to acknowledge them as a community and to demonstrate our support for them as they begin their term in leadership.
 
Tonight we also have the honor of presenting Michael Goldin  with the Congregant of the Year Award for his service to TJC including overseeing our Bible BaBoker Shabbat morning learning program. We will also recognize our TJC members who have made promises to us through our Life and Legacy Program. 
 
Tomorrow our Shabbat morning service will include the Siyyum Tichon celebration of our Tenth Grade Hebrew High School Students and some words of appreciation to Neil Wise for his years of service to TJC.
 
As we begin Shabbat and come together as a congregation to express our gratitude and appreciation, we have many prayers we can recite - some from the Siddur and some more spontaneous in our hearts. The one that speaks to me today, is a prayer we teach children at a very young age to express their gratitude to God for every new day - Modeh Ani Lifanecha, Melech Chai v'Kayam - she'chezarta Bi Nishmati, B'chemla, Rabah Emunatecha - I am grateful to You, living and enduring God, for restoring my soul to me in compassion. You are faithful beyond measure and I am grateful for all of the good things in my life.
 
Shabbat Shalom
 
Rabbi Adam Feldman
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