It gives me great pleasure to extend to you, your family and close friends a Shana Tova, a Happy New Year, together with good health and wishes for a long life.
As you all know, I am passionate about our shule and it has been a privilege to serve as President of our synagogue these last few years, an experience that continues to be both enriching and rewarding. This year again, the Board has made its mission to serve our community with no other goal than the growth and well being of our congregation. Our congregation has provided and will continue to provide a great range of services to our community. Our Pesach seders were very popular especially with our interstate visitors, with some 200 participants over the two nights. The Rabbi’s Monday night shiur is always well received and educational; the Purim communal party, our famous ‘Chanukah in the Park’ celebration, Shavuot Ice Cream Party, ‘Friday Night Live’ events, the ‘Trivia Night’, as well as the functions we had during the year were all very successful.
This year we will undertake further renovations of our Shule with the restoration of the Sukkah area and the women’s entry section. The total cost of this renovation is over $18,000.00. Thank you to the Pelerman Foundation for their continuous support.
Another special thank you is extended to the National Council of Jewish Women Gold Coast and President Barbara Stewart-Kann for their generous contribution this past year.
There are a number of people to whom I wish to extend my appreciation.
I would like to thank Janette Kornhauser, Sarah Rebibou, Frank Goldstein, John Donath, Vernon Jackson and Geoffrey Heimann for their commitment, dedication and support as Board members, as well as extending a special thanks to Kim Goriss, who although is not a Board member has assisted us with the end of year financials. Also a thank you to Luana Goriss for keeping our Webpage and our Facebook Page up to date.
I wish to extend my appreciation to our office secretary Belinda Werb for her dedication and efficiency with the running of the office and the shop. A big thank you to Stella Simmonds, our caretaker.
A huge thank you to my wife Sarah for her ongoing encouragement, support and advice for all the years I have been serving as President and for all the catering she has done throughout the year.
I would like to conclude my report by thanking Rabbi Gurevitch and his wife Dina, for their ongoing commitment and devotion towards our congregation and the Jewish community as a whole. I am happy to see that our shule is growing from strength to strength with each month.
I look forward to catching up with you in the next coming weeks for the wonderful celebrations we have planned over Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Succot and Simchat Torah.
What better way for us all to show our young generation how much we care for our community than by attending our High Holidays at shule this coming New Year, and by making an effort in attending our events, which so many of our volunteers put their heart and soul into, in order to always improve and enhance our shule and community.
May we all be blessed with a long life and good health, happiness and prosperity.
L’Shana Tova Umetuka to you and your family.
David Rebibou, President GCHC.