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President's Message

Welcome to Beth David! It is an honour to serve as the President of Beth David, a Conservative, Egalitarian, Congregation. We are very fortunate to have a wonderful, warm congregation, led by our very fine Clergy team. We also have a fantastic group of lay leaders and volunteers, all of whom make Beth David a great place to Participate, Learn and Grow.

I would like to extend a personal invitation to all of you to join our group of volunteers in whatever capacity you can. I know that it is not always easy to find the time to do “one more thing”, but I know that whatever you do, it will be a rewarding experience for you and our community.

Over the past few years, we have made some physical and spiritual changes to try to make Beth David more inclusive.  We have renovated our Sanctuary and Social Hall and our Sisterhood Hall. We have installed an elevator to make our building physically accessible for members and guests. We have become egalitarian in most of our ritual practices and more and more women of all ages participate regularly. 

We continue to offer three daily Minyanim and a huge array of educational and social programming for all ages. 

Beth David is fortunate to have a strong foundation, and a thriving community, but we need to build on it. 

The Board of Directors has embarked on some new initiatives in the past few years to help members find ways to build on our legacy.

  • We have a Sustaining Dues category that allows our members to choose to pay more in dues in order to come closer to covering their share of the costs of running the Shul
  • We have launched new fundraising activities, including our very successful Mishloach Manot program delivering baskets at Purim
  • This year, we had a beautiful Concert organized by our own Cantor Marshall Loomer and our new 50-50 Draw
  • We continue to work on ways to assist members to participate in Planned Giving projects, such as bequests and life insurance beneficiaries
  • We have launched a number of successful programs for young professionals

The most important part of our legacy is you, our members. We want to hear from you.  How do you think we can do better? 

Please get in touch with me if you want to discuss how you can become more involved, or with any suggestions on how we can make Beth David a more inclusive, welcoming community. 

Madeleine Sarick
President
president@bethdavid.com

Fri, 20 October 2017 30 Tishrei 5778