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From Unity to OpportUNITY

Shalom Shaarei Kodesh,

It is hard to imagine, but it is now the end of my ninth year serving as Rabbi of Congregation Shaarei Kodesh.  I recently realized that I never wrote a letter of reflection to our congregation following the approval of my latest contract when I was elected to serve Congregation Shaarei Kodesh for the next five years. 

First, let me say how honored I am to be rabbi of this very special community in one of the most inspiring and unique places to be Jewish outside of the state of Israel.  Even though we are in the same location, we are in a much different place than nine years ago, and I feel I have evolved as a rabbi as well.  As I think back to nine years ago, during the height of the Great Recession, I realize how far we have come as a South Palm Beach County Jewish community.  It was a time of great turmoil for all of the Jewish organizations in our city.  Many were facing sharp declines in revenue, and many synagogues were losing families.  I came into a frac…