My wife, Denise, and I joined Netivot Shalom in 1989, when we were in our early 30’s and looking for a shul where we felt comfortable. We had tried several other shuls in the area, but none felt right. We’ve been members of Netivot ever since. Our two children, Emma and Noah, had their bar and bat mitzvahs here. I’ve been on the Board of Directors several times, as President, Vice-President, and member at-large. Netivot Shalom has been our community, our home, for many years.
When the position of Executive Director opened, I felt it would be a perfect fit for me. Although I had been a practicing attorney for over 35 years, I knew I wanted to get involved at Netivot Shalom at a deeper level, and give back to the community that had given me and my family so much over the years.
Besides taking care of the nuts and bolts of running a shul, I’m most interested in building on our sense of community, in getting more people involved at Netivot at deeper levels, including in the programs we offer, and in the many committees that provide leadership and guidance. We bill Netivot Shalom as “participatory, egalitarian community”. That means that anyone can and should take part, that everyone plays a part in creating our community.
I’ve always felt that the more you put into a cause, an effort, a community, the more you get out of it. That is especially true of Netivot Shalom. I look forward to working with you to build our sense of community, one where all our members feel that sense of belonging.