Passover will soon be upon us, so I take this moment, along with our Board to wish you a Happy Passover. I always find this to be a wonderful time of the year. It’s time to dig out our favorite Passover recipes, spend time with family, friends, and our community.

At the same time, I must admit that I am saddened by the recent, senseless, violent event that took the lives of 17 vital and vibrant young people. We may feel helpless, however Passover is the perfect time to sit with our loved ones and reflect. Each of us then can individually choose how we wish to respond to these horrible events. Reading the story of Passover reminds us not only of our exodus to freedom, but the importance of staying united and committed to the safety of those in our community and those throughout the world.

Here at Agudas Israel we take our commitment to both the Jewish community and the greater Hendersonville community very seriously. Our synagogue community participated in the MLK Day On to pack and deliver food to the needy in our community. We held a successful piano concert featuring Christopher Tavernier and chaired by our Trustee, Sam Gess. Through that endeavor we proudly donated $6140.00 to The Hunger Coalition. Additionally, so many of our congregants offer their volunteer services to IAM, Boys and Girls Club, the Rescue Mission, the Department of Health and Human Services, just to name a few.

At the same time, for the last 15 months the Strategic Planning Committee has been working tirelessly to put together a long range plan that will serve to guide our leadership in their decision making. Our intent is to move us forward in positive ways, facilitating growth, financial stability, a congregation operating to meet the needs of its members, and a place for each of us to meet our spiritual needs.

I encourage you to take a moment and RSVP for the community Seder on Saturday, March 31. You will find all the details in Chai Lites. I know that Rabbi Jackson is going to lead us in a wonderful and uplifting Seder service and we will all enjoy the delicious meal organized by Teddi Segal.

Shalom.

Dr. Linda Perkel, President