THANK YOU to each of you who have volunteered in any capacity at Temple Beth Ami this year!
Temple Beth Ami has some of the best professional staff and clergy you will find in any synagogue and you can feel it every time you come into our building. But our clergy and staff don’t do everything alone. An enormous group of volunteers – literally hundreds of congregants – participate in nearly every facet of our congregational life. When you come to Temple, or when you send your children to our Nursery School or our Religious School, you are getting the benefit not only of our extraordinary professionals, but also of our dedicated, enthusiastic congregants.
People volunteer for a wide variety of reasons. While it’s true that the Temple and its members benefit from the efforts of our volunteers, the volunteers themselves also reap benefits. They make or strengthen connections to other congregants, broadening their support network while also enhancing our Temple community. Also, according to many studies, volunteering at any level improves your physical and mental health. It can counteract the effects of stress, anger, and anxiety; it can combat depression and even make you happy; it increases your self-confidence; and improves physical health. It can also be a lot of fun and bring you a sense of fulfillment.
Last September, in my remarks at Rosh Hashanah, I suggested that if you’re not already engaged in some activity at the Temple, you should look for one (or more!) to try. If you can’t find something already going on at the Temple that interests you, let me know. I want to know what would interest you. Maybe there are others who would benefit from exactly what you would like to do.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to acknowledge the importance of our volunteers and thank you for all that you do.