Temple Beth-El  

Rockford, Illinois

Yom Chamishi, 8 Tammuz 5778



Submitted by: Ben Kopnick, Co-President

In the month of April, GRTY had a very exciting yet reflective time. All of our members worked extremely hard on planning our annual GRTY led and written Shabbat service. For those of you who were unable to attend, our members presented insightful perspectives on different aspects of a service while acting as the choir, Jr. Rabbis and sermon leaders. Our service was absolutely delight-ful, but also sad and heartfelt as we had to say good-bye to our seniors and our long time advisors Nanci Soriano (16 years of service) and Lauren Lamont (12 years of service). As speeches were made and re-flections were presented, through the sadness, one thing was made very clear- GRTY has a bright future ahead despite the departure of some of its mem-bers, which brings us to the upcoming month of May.

During this month, GRTY members will be setting up and lat-er wrapping up Food-A-Rama, helping with the Golden Years Prom, and some se-lect GRTYites will be inducted into the Executive Board as they take a leap into a role with more responsibility. This will all occur at our annual Pot Luck, Installation and Bonfire on Saturday, June 2 where our teens will get to enjoy a few final moments with one another that will surely last with them for a lifetime. We are all look-ing forward to seeing what our teens will accomplish in May and in the coming years.

Co-President Ben Kopnick


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