OUR LAG B'OMER PICNIC IS TONIGHT (May 25) FROM 6–7:30 P.M.

Bring your own dairy-vegetarian picnic dinner, blankets and/or chairs, and join us for this fun-for-everyone event including games, activities, music around the bonfire and community-building. The WJC will provide dessert and cold drinks and the WJC community band will provide the music.

Some upcoming dates to remember:

Annual Yard Sale: July 17–18
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Annual Keter Shem Tov: November 19

Dear WJC Family & Friends,

At the first Evening of Sharing you spoke and your board listened.

One of the things you asked for was better communication, so we thought you might like a quick recap of the regular, monthly Board meeting. Of course, you always have access to the full minutes by request and are welcome to attend the regular meetings in person on the third Thursday of each month at 7 pm. If you would like to address the Board, however, contact Board President Rondavid Gold at [email protected] in advance so he can put you on the agenda.

This meeting recap, which we will continue to provide shortly after each Board meeting as long as you find it useful, is intended to keep you up to date on some of the things your Board and its committees are doing.

Avis and Joe Toochin attended our May 19 meeting to report on some of the issues discussed at the ad hoc member communication task force meeting; Paul Mozian, who is also a member of that group, as well as its liaison to the board, was present in his new capacity as a board member.

A second Evening of Sharing has been scheduled for June 23rd at 7 pm at the WJC. These meetings will be scheduled as long as they are felt to be necessary. Remember, there is no “you” and “us” There is only “we” and we all very much want our shul to thrive. Key to every board discussion before a vote is taken is always the question: “What is best for the WJC? ”

Our new board members—Paul Mozian, Desiree O'Clair and George Swain—were introduced and they spoke briefly about themselves. George is a lifelong educator who now works for the non-profit New York State Association of Independent Schools. He told us that after he was in a serious bicycling accident five years ago, his wife, Jessie Levey, reached out to the board. The response she received made them feel like they very much belonged at the WJC. Desirée does free-lance video and advertising work with her husband. Paul has worked in the music business since the mid-1960s and, yes, he even knew the Beatles when he served as director of artist relations for Apple in the early 1970s.

The Family School concluded with a-year end dance and the teachers will be working over the summer to develop a program that will be enticing to families seeking to raise their children in a Jewish lifestyle.

Watch for the Fundraising Committee's upcoming effort to sell garden walking stones in memory or honor of loved ones. Let's try to support this new program.

Your Finance Committee is working on a strategic plan to stabilize the WJC's future. These are difficult financial times. Expenses have been cut to the bone, which means postponing needed repairs and updates to our building and premises, as well as the addition or expansion of programs we would like to offer. We are solvent at present mainly because of a bequest that proved larger than anticipated but our building needs work. Donations at all levels and memberships are down. The board needs the support and volunteer energy of every one of us to help the WJC continue to provide a warm and welcoming Jewish home for all who seek it.

Shalom,

WJC Board of Directors