Temple Beth-EL

               Rockford, Illinois

Yom Rishon, 1 Tammuz 5777

Jim's Jems


I want to thank all Temple members who volunteered to help make Food-A-Rama another great success. From those who delivered lunches, to those who made sandwiches and baked beans, to those who packaged the lunches, to those who served lunches, to those who sold baked goods and to those who helped with set-up and clean-up, your help was greatly appreciated. Most of all, I want to give a big thank you to Ronit Golan, Sharon Goldsand, Faye Marcus, Sara Deutsch and Jay Sklar for organizing things and to help to ensure that all went smoothly. Without their leadership and devotion, Food-A-Rama would not be the success that it has become.

This year’s Food-A-Rama was the first time that I had spent the entire day at Temple Beth-El. During the day, I spoke to several members of the community-at-large who told me that they are grateful that we continue to hold this event. It was gratifying to hear that our biggest fundraising event is held in such high regard by the Rockford area community. Obviously, this is great P.R. for our congregation.

I also want to thank Lauren Lamont and Jordan Towne, who are ending their terms as Temple board members. Lauren is finishing her term as Vice-President of Education and Jordan is finishing his term as Vice-President of Buildings and Grounds. They both have worked very hard in their positions, and their presence will be missed on the Temple board.

Please plan to attend the Temple annual meeting on Sunday June 11. Breakfast will be served at 10:00, followed by the annual meeting. This past year has been hectic and exciting, as we embark upon implementing our Strategic Plan. Larry
Pearlman will present a Strategic Plan update at the annual meeting.
 - Jim