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President's Message

Ken Jacobs


When I was approached regarding the honor of being nominated as Etz Chaim’s President, my first reaction was to say, "I don't think I'm worthy!"  It definitely felt like my Moses moment, not that I would ever compare myself to Moshe Rabbeinu. After all, I had never been raised in an Orthodox congregation, or had a formal Jewish day school education, let alone attend a yeshiva.  Like Moses, I asked myself, "Who am I?  Who am I to be considered President of Etz Chaim?" 


But then I remembered what Rabbi Fisch taught us about the answer to Moses' question – that it was not about me! It was about all of us! Each and every member of our community has the sacred task of learning and growing in our faith, and helping to ensure the well-being of one another.


The story of Etz Chaim began over 75 years ago, and I want to personally thank our leadership for their inspiration and support in helping me to write my part of this story.  My journey began more than 10 years ago, when I was asked by Past President David Robbins if I would be interested in hosting our first Lunch and Learn in my office.  It was then Rabbi Fisch who inspired me each week when I started attending services. But perhaps most importantly, it was the warmth and kindness of the members of our congregation who made me feel welcome, and for the first time in my spiritual life, I felt I was finally at home.


My promise to each and every one of you is that your voices matter, your ideas are invaluable, and I will never take your trust for granted. Together, we can build an even stronger, more welcoming congregation that celebrates the cherished gift that all of us have been given - the gift of living a Jewish life. 


In times of joy, let us celebrate together. In times of sorrow, let us support one another with open hearts. May God bless our congregation with harmony, prosperity, and a deep sense of fulfillment. And together, let us continue to write the beautiful story of Etz Chaim.


Sincerely,
Ken Jacobs

 


Thu, May 30 2024 22 Iyyar 5784