Spring is often considered the best season for the many beautiful things that it brings including heaps of sunshine, perfect temperatures, more sunny hours in a day, beautiful flowers, fresh breezes, and spending more time outside, to name only a few. It also represents new beginnings and celebrations. As we welcome spring at Agudas Achim, there are a number of activities and celebrations ahead, many of which will involve paying tribute to our community.
The first is on Friday, May 3rd, when we will host a special service honoring our high school seniors. This tradition lets us offer these young adults best wishes and good luck as graduation draws near and they make the transitions to the next phases of their lives. The congregation will extend its well wishes to these families with a special blessing.
At our service on Friday, May 17th, we will pay tribute to the vast number of members who have volunteered in the past year, donating their time by serving on a committee, serving on the Board, working to help improve our community, and supporting other congregants. Giving something of ourselves to help others is a hallmark of our congregation, and we look forward to celebrating this spirit.
As we approach the end of our fiscal year, it will be time to talk about transitions and new beginnings. As we continue to seek participation and input from our fellow members, we have planned a Town Hall Meeting on Sunday, May 5th, at 3:30 p.m. to discuss our plans for the future and invite your feedback. Among the important issues we will address is the need to spread our leadership responsibilities among more people to help ease the burden on what is now a core of very active volunteers. This will also help to make sure diverse needs and interests are represented.
We invite and encourage you to attend this important Town Hall Meeting. We are excited to share our thoughts and ideas with you; and we will also introduce our new synagogue president nominee.
Please also mark your calendars for Zimriyah and the Annual Meeting on Sunday, June 2nd, starting at 9 a.m., when we will celebrate Hebrew School graduations and transitions, review the year, and formally elect the new President and Board members.
Finally, we invite you to pay tribute to our congregation by supporting our annual campaign as well as our Tree of Life. Each year at this time, we reach out to our congregation to ask that all members consider making a contribution to the synagogue—perhaps an extra monthly payment or any amount you can spare to help sustain our community. There are many ways that we all give to Agudas Achim, but it is also important that we seek financial support throughout the year as well. You can support the synagogue by sending in a cash donation or by purchasing a leaf on the Tree of Life. Just recently, eight more leaves were added to the Tree and it is filling in nicely. We invite you to consider purchasing a leaf as a tribute to an individual or in honor of an important milestone in your life.
We hope to see you in the weeks ahead!
Rosanna, Sammi, and Rabbi Leora
Amy and her husband George have lived in North Attleboro for the past 21 years. She grew up as a member of Agudas Achim, and became a bat mitzvah in 1983. He son, Samuel, followed in her footsteps, becoming a bar mitzvah in 2013. After being a member of the board for the past 4 years, Amy is looking forward to continuing to build on the momentum from our previous leadership.