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June 2017 - Message from the Rabbi

rabbi gary mazoA very special "Thank You."

Transitions are never easy – for anyone. For a rabbi, every two years means a new Temple President – someone with whom to hopefully share a vision of what the Synagogue can and should be. Each president has his/her own unique style and his/her own unique issues they desire to address during their presidency.

The URJ emphasizes over and over again that the relationship between rabbi and Temple president is truly a sacred partnership. I can certainly say that the partnership I have had over these last two years with Davena Day has been a most sacred partnership. Davena has been a tremendous president for TABI. She has represented us in our community with dignity and grace and humor. She has gone above and beyond with her dedication and willingness to roll up her sleeves and do whatever needed to be done.

Under Davena’s leadership we now have a very high functioning and respectful board of trustees – all of who work well together and share in her vision for TABI. Davena helped strengthen the board by bringing a facilitator for a board workshop and then engaging the board in a multi year strategic plan initiative to help us better meet the needs of our TABI families.

Davena pulled this congregation together by small groups to have active listening sessions to hear your concerns and brainstorm on ideas for the future. Davena is also very project oriented and took it upon herself to make sure the back wall was replaced and that the myriad of issues needed in our building were attended to and completed.

Davena carved time out of her busy schedule to meet with me each week to address issues to bring to our board, to problem solve, help with staffing transitions and to work together to make TABI even more of a caring and healthy congregation. She was my sounding board, my advisor and my friend through it all.

Our congregation was truly blessed to have Davena as our president. She has set the bar quite high as to what we can hope for and expect from our congregational leaders. I thank her for all her support, for her positivity and for her friendship.

We now move to the Michele Malitz administration and we will once again be blessed by a strong, caring and creative leader to help bring TABI into the future. To Michele and the new Executive Board – Mazal Tov in advance and I look forward to an exciting future ahead for TABI.

B'shalom,

Gary A. Mazo, Rabbi