Soon Temple Beth Am members, along with fellow Jews throughout the world, will be welcoming the year 5776. Rosh Hashanah is a holiday that celebrates forgiveness, renewal and change. As we approach the holiday I ask that you embrace our future as it brings many exciting things.
One of the most exciting is that B'Yachad, our joint Hebrew school with Temple Beth Emunah, has found two locations to host the school for the coming year. The best news is that Temple Beth Am will be hosting B'Yachad, its students and teachers in our building on Tuesdays every week from 4 to 6 PM, starting in late October. In addition, on Sundays we have an agreement in principle to house B'Yachad at the Westfield Academy on Torrey Street in Brockton (literally across the street from Temple Beth Emunah.) I want to thank Karen Reiser, Josh Tolub and the rest of the Joint School Committee for making this happen. There was a tremendous amount of work in the last few months talking to and visiting over a dozen potential venues to get this done. So when you make a High Holiday donation this year, please keep in mind that we still have a thriving Hebrew School that needs your support.
In other exciting news, the leadership of Temple Beth Emunah has asked us to look at merging the two Bingos into one at Temple Beth Am. I have asked Scott Belgard, Gene Avrus and Andrew Azer to lead that process for TBA and we hope to have that ready in late October.
The biggest news, though, is that we have contracted with Mark Donahue Realty to be our broker for listing our Temple for sale. We have started meetings and looking for potential purchasers for our location. Thanks to Zelda Barron and Marty Packer for running the committee that helped us pick a realtor.
I know what you are thinking, how can we sell the building if we have no place to go? In addition to being our listing broker, Donahue Realty has been contracted by TBA and TBE jointly to serve as the broker searching for a new home for us. Currently we are actively trying to find a buyer for Temple Beth Am and looking for a new location for a merged temple
with Temple Beth Emunah. We have started this process, but you will be the decision makers. All members will have a vote on any potential sales of our building and on potential new locations. I will keep you posted on any updates.
We are also having discussions with Temple Beth Emunah about moving in with us once they sell their building. I hope to give you some news on this very soon. They do have a formal purchase & sale agreement in place now with their buyer and are still looking to close at the end of October.
So there is a lot going on. In the background there are almost a dozen merger committees from TBA and TBE working together on the ongoing merger process. Susan Lit has stepped up to be the head of the Formation Committee for TBA. She is working with her counterparts from TBE, Reva Castaline and Susan Wolfthal; together they are driving all the merger committees forward. Yes, we always need more people to help, so be a part of this and let me know if you are interested in helping on a merger committee.
I am very excited about all that is happening - I hope you are as well. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. I wish you and your families a happy and healthy New Year.
Lshanah Tova Umetukah (A good and sweet year).