As the summer comes to an end, I am getting excited for a new year—both for me at my new term as Federation President and for my children at school. I can’t believe my youngest daughter is in her last year of elementary school and my oldest is already in her second year of middle school. Each year brings a fresh start, and I love watching my kids grow and meet new people in their community.
Along with the new school year, September brings us Rosh Hashanah, a time for new beginnings and change. Rosh Hashanah is my favorite Jewish holiday. I love bringing in the sweetness of the new year with friends and family. I also take this time of year to think about what I can strive to do personally and what we can do together for our Jewish community. For me, this upcoming year is truly about new outlooks and goals. But this isn’t just about me, it is about all of you, too. We all have the chance to begin afresh and create our own meaningful Jewish moments.
This year I am especially excited that the Federation is bringing back the tradition of ringing in the new year with Jew Year's Eve. This event gives our Next Gen division a night out to celebrate Jewish traditions together. At Jew Year’s Eve, I love catching up with old friends, meeting new people, and experiencing that sense of community when we mark the occasion together. And we are in the stages of planning more community-centered programs this fall, from Global Day of Jewish Learning to the Great Challah Bake, so stay tuned for more info!
I feel a new year always brings good things, and I am looking forward to an exciting year with the Federation as we create more meaningful Jewish moments for you and your families. L’shana Tova. Wishing you all a sweet and happy new year.