We have just completed the Holiday season and it is the beginning of October. Someone mentioned that the last time the Holidays were this early was 75 years ago.
This year the weather was amazing. I can’t remember the last time it rained. As President I sit in a box seat to experience services and I am pleased to tell you we had a packed house for the High Holydays.
We were able to comfortably share a dinner in the Sukkah with some 60 people. We had the pleasure of honouring four active members of our congregation on Simhat Torah; Michael Concister, Norman Spatz, Neil Bernstein and Lori Dermer.
The highlight of the holidays for me was on Sunday night September 22nd when we officially installed our young Cantor Adam Stotland. Adam began as our Shaliah Tzibur last year on Sukkot around the same time that I became the President of our Congregation. We were delighted to welcome close to 500 people at the event. Reverend Tannenbaum spoke warmly and proudly about Cantor Stotland as an older brother might do. Asher then gave the benediction following which Adam was officially installed as our Cantor. Afterward, the night was all about music with performances by Adam’s band and the Shaare Zion Choir led by our Choir Director Shimon Radu. Finally, we all went downstairs for wine and sweets. Usually, most people leave the building as soon as the service is over. On this special occasion everyone remained for about an hour. I believe that they, like me, had a “feel good” night and didn’t want it to end.
I would like to thank the three people responsible for the evening all of whom put their hearts and souls into it, Lori Dermer, Linda Graif and Gerry Silverman.