A Remarkable Year with More to Come!

On Wednesday evening May 30 The Village Temple community gathered for our annual congregational meeting. Reflecting the reinvigorated spirit in our synagogue, we had more than a quorum well before the 7 p.m. starting time (okay, helped by cocktails, provided by Lisa Klinghoffer and hors d’oevres, thank you for the inspiration, board member Lia Levenson!). The budget and new slate of Trustees was unanimously approved, including a welcome for our new co-president Sarah King, who will join Fred Basch beginning July 1.  I leave my five years as co-president with a sense of gratitude to this wonderful congregation and to Rabbi Hirsch and our staff for everything they do for us every day.

The past year had too many highlights to enumerate—and you’ve participated in them so you know what they are! This coming year promises to be extraordinary, fueled by enthusiasm for the 70th anniversary celebrations being planned by a committee co-chaired by former co-presidents Wendy Kaplan and Stephanie Kanarek. Invite your friends to join us for High Holy Day services at Cooper Union, where we will be debuting our new prayer books, Mishkan HaNefesh, generously paid for by Jamil Simon, Emily Hacker, Ann Keating, Arthur Rovine and Nelly Szlachter. We are beginning adult B’nai Mitzvah classes and launching a new Hebrew program in our religious school, as well as a new model that requires students to attend one day a week instead of two. Join Rabbi Hirsch on what promises to be a memorable experience, the Alabama Social Justice trip next May over a long weekend. Spread the word about our early afternoon program for students attending Success Academy and new youth group activities for the Fifth and Sixth grade students.  Encourage your friends who attend our services to join the congregation.

On June 8 Rabbi Hirsch will lead a special service honoring Esther and Joe Siegel as well as our Village Temple volunteers, while wishing VT kids going to camp a happy adieu. And June 22 will be Gay Pride Shabbat, especially meaningful for our Greenwich Village community, where the gay rights movement began. Services will continue weekly throughout the summer—with a pre-service get-together over cocktails and hors-d’oeurves.. Watch the eblast for information about a summer jazz concert, follow-up to the resounding success of our Jazz Shabbat.

Hope to see you soon!