Welcome Rochelle Nason, our New Executive Director!
Welcome Rochelle Nason,
our New Executive Director!
I am thrilled to announce that after a rigorous search and interview process, Congregation Netivot Shalom has found our new Executive Director. Please welcome Rochelle Nason! Rochelle brings immense professional skills, fabulous energy, and new ideas that will help us to grow and maximize the potential of the Netivot Shalom community. Rochelle's first day will be Monday, June 16. I urge everyone to stop by her office and day hello!
As with any transition, there will be some bumps. I ask everyone's patience as Rochelle comes up to speed and the professional staff finds its rhythm.
I want to take this opportunity to thank the entire Executive Director Search Committee. We could not have gotten to this point without the integrity, hard work, and tenacity of Jenni Mangel, Mark Priven, Lisa Rappaport, Michal Longfelder, Debby Graudenz, David Radwin, and Howie Miller. The search committee helped to create a process that was robust and balanced. I can not thank all the members enough for the integrity that they all brought to the process.
I had a beautiful day today. I stood with my sister, a passionate rabbi serving the U.S. Navy as a chaplain, at the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. We remembered our grandfather of blessed memory, who fought for America and shared hard-earned wisdom with his children and grandchildren.
I looked to my right and saw the Washington Monument. Looked to my left at the Lincoln Memorial. I read quotes engraved on massive stones. And I felt, to my core, one sad feeling: too much war.
Too. Much. War.
The quotes and certain retellings of history would have me believe that we fought for pure purposes: we fought for religious freedom, we fought to end slavery, we fought for freedom for all humanity, we fought to end tyranny. But it's also true that we fought (and fight) for economic interests. It&…