A Message from the President

It is a great honor to be stepping up as president of Congregation B’nai Tikvah Beth Israel as we celebrate the 10-year anniversary of our creation as a community. It is also an incredible challenge to be facing the coming year without a crystal ball to tell us exactly how much time and in what ways we will be able to use our physical space. I am fortunate to be working with our wonderful rabbi, our school and office staff, and a committed board of trustees, all of whom are focused to boldly leading us where no congregation has gone before.

In the past few months we learned very quickly that we are not defined or limited by our physical space. Our community continues to grow and strengthen as we continue to find alternate means of providing spiritual and emotional support as well as social, educational, and fundraising opportunities to our members and to the community at large. Our goal is to continue to find new and creative ways to serve the religious and social needs of our members while maintaining and promoting our core values as your Jewish haven in this world of uncertainty.

I look forward to seeing each and every one of you, in person, as soon as it is safe to do so. In the mean time, I urge all of you to participate remotely in any and all of the programs we have been providing. If you have any questions about our organization, or if you have any ideas about how we can broaden and improve our connection with the public, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.


Lori Samilson

July 1, 2020/9 Tammuz 5780

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