At our recent Annual Meeting, I had the opportunity to thank the officers and trustees who were completing their terms of service. As I end my first year as President, I would also like to thank all the officers and trustees who continue to serve. Without their dedication and efforts, we would not be able to maintain our successful operations.
Just as critical are the chairs and members of our various committees. All the things we do, from welcoming new members, to worship, to religious school, and so much more, requires the involvement of many lay leaders.
We have many volunteers who also provide critical support, from greeting at services to stuffing envelopes to delivering Mitzvah meals. And among our most dedicated volunteers are the members of our auxiliaries, Women of Emanu-El and Temple Brotherhood. Without the countless hours dedicated by these congregants, we would not be the vital community we are today.
But I would also like to make clear that our lay leaders and volunteers are not some kind of exclusive club. Every one of them, myself included, started as “just” a congregant. But they had a desire to serve, saw a need to be filled, wanted to increase their feeling of community, or were simply asked.
So if you would like to get involved but are not sure how, just call or send an email to the office, or you can contact my wife Barb at [email protected] Although she has completed her term as VP, she is continuing her work on leadership development, and she can put you in touch with the right person so you can get involved.
And if you get a phone call, or are asked in person, I hope you will find some time to get involved. You will find you get far more out of it than you put in. As Rabbi Hillel taught us, “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? If not now, when?”