April 2012 At a Glance
Brotherhood Breakfast with Kevin Kaplan Sunday, April 1 10 a.m.
Temple’s Passover Seder Friday, April 6 6 p.m.
UPB Shabbat Morning Saturday, April 7 10:30 a.m.
Temple Board Meeting Monday, April 9 6:30 p.m.—9 p.m.
JAFTY First Friday With Alan Goodis Friday, April 13 7 p.m.
Nosh and Notes
(Taste of Tel Aviv) Friday, April 13 6 p.m.
Nosh and Notes
(Alan Goodis in Concert) Saturday, April 14 7:30 p.m.
Nosh and Notes
Jewish Food Festival Sunday, April 15 12 p.m.—3 p.m.
Lunch ‘n Learn: Heirlooms Thursday, April 19 12 p.m.
Shabbat Dinner at Temple Friday, April 20 6 p.m.
Young Family Shabbat And
Traditional Shabbat Worship Friday, April 20 7 p.m.
Community Commemoration At Beth El Beaches Sunday, April 22 3 p.m.
Friday, April 27 6 p.m.
Sisterhood Retreat At Marywood Resort April 27-29
From the Execuve Director Everyone Counts at Temple
I remember so clearly my first impressions of this amazing instuon we call Temple. I remember a building with a front door and a back door. It appeared that those who entered through the front, rarely made it to the back and those who entered through the back, rarely made it “all the way” to the front. There were lots of people bustling about. Many different programs happening but seemingly lile connecon amongst the people engaged in one program or another. Rabbi Lief talks about Temple as a “big tent” with many entryways. Come inside, through any doorway, and explore all that you can find within.
This month, we will host Nosh and Notes, a weekend celebraon of Jewish music and food. Every door will be open and we hope, our Temple family, their friends and, the enre Jacksonville community will enter through whichever doorway they may choose. The weekend events is the combined creaon of so many Temple members, Temple programs, Temple talents. There is much to be learned and appreciated, even before the events unfold.
So oen, we hear members lament, “we are such a big place.” I imagine that they are wondering where they fit and whether their parcipaon makes a difference. At Temple, everyone counts! Sam Griswold, Membership and Markeng Coordinator and Temple member, brought me an idea that we host a Jewish cultural fesval, as he called it, similar to that hosted by the Turkish and Celc communies in Jacksonville. The first me I raised it with some Board members, I was asked how many Temple members embraced the idea. At that point, I had to admit that they were the first Temple members with whom I was discussing it. Within weeks, I was aending a Music Commiee meeng where discussion ensued about an arst-in-residence weekend. As many Commiee members are parents, their focus is music that will appeal to their children as well as themselves. One aernoon, Sisterhood came to my office to get a date on the calendar for a kugel cook-off. Meanwhile, the Ways and Means Commiee was reviewing Temple’s fundraising needs and ways we might fill the gap between dues and fees and expenses. Connect the dots and Nosh and Notes is born!
A great idea is just that unl people roll up their sleeves and make it happen. Dea Sims is the conductor and execuve chef of this event. She has brought together a group of members, all willing to do something to make this event real. The start of the first meeng was delayed eight minutes as Temple members spent me meeng each other. Repeatedly, we heard, “oh, of course, I have heard your name but I never had the pleasure of meeng you. So nice to have a face to go with the name.” We have people making phone calls and vising with donors to help cover the costs of the event. We have designers and copywriters creang the publicity materials. We have music afficionados who have listened to hours of CD’s and chaed with several arsts before selecng Alan Goodis as our lead music-maker. We have technical folks who will aend to the sound so we can all enjoy each and every note. We have established chefs who will provide yummy eats and we have some of the best kugel makers in the southeast who will compete for the kugel crown. We have decorators and tribute makers. We have cket sellers and cket takers. We have musicians of our own and musicians we will meet for the first me. We have teens creang a unique worship experience and Sisterhood preparing a jazzy oneg to follow. Everyone counts at Temple!
It won’t be much of a celebraon without YOU. We want you to join us for worship Friday evening, April 13 at 7 p.m. Pick up your musical instrument-- brass, string, percussion, or voice and join us Saturday aernoon as we prepare for Havdallah. Enjoy a Taste of Tel Aviv, as we honor Jo-Ellen at dinner on Saturday evening. Stay for the Alan Goodis concert Saturday evening. The Food Fesval begins at noon on Sunday. Corned beef and knishes, pickles and Dr. Brown’s; ruglelah and black and whites…..is
your mouth watering yet?
Now, walk in the front door and walk all the way to the back. Or you will choose to enter through the back but you will want to make it all the way to the front. Nosh and Notes is a celebraon in which all the pieces and parts of Temple are making music together. Here at Temple everyone counts. Can we count on you to join us at Nosh and Notes and celebrate all that we can create together as one Temple family?
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