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Executive Director Message

February 2, 2023

 It is so nice to see how our Eric B. Jacobs Early Childhood Education Center registrations are coming back to pre-COVID numbers. Under the leadership of Annie Siegel, Director of the Early Childhood Education Center, our amazing faculty, and staff are providing a top-notch learning environment with stimulating programming in a safe, personal and nurturing school that embraces the entire family and celebrates Jewish learning and living. Registrations for next year will be rolled out soon, and classes will be filling up fast, so be sure to get your children or grandchildren registered ASAP so they can grow with us in one of our programs including our:

  • Infant and Toddler program from 6 weeks to 24 months 
  • 2- & 3-Year-Old program in a multisensory hands-on environment 
  • Transitional 2's program which begins 4 weeks from today on March 2 
  • 4-Year-Old program (Pre-K) which lays the foundation for more formal Learning 
  • Camp Keshet summer program which offers full and half-day options, a fun and warm entry into our Early Childhood Education Center classes, amazing activities including hands-on STEM, and outdoor exploration, splash park, gym, and more! 

And membership is included for our ECEC families! 
For a tour or for more information about our Eric B. Jacobs Early Childhood Education Center, contact Annie Siegel, Director of Early Childhood Education, at (856) 751-0994 or annies@tbsonline.org. 
Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom, and I look forward to seeing you in shul! If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, you can always reach out to me at rons@tbsonline.org or (856) 751-6663 x218.

B’Shalom,
Ron Safier
Executive Director 
 

Archive

January 26, 2023

It has been about ten years since TBS embarked on a strategic plan to address various areas such as membership, engagement, and financial sustainability.  We began a strategic plan refresh in 2019 and then a pandemic put that on hold along with many other projects.  So here we are in 2023, and it is time to revisit our strategic plan as the world has changed quite a bit. 
We have retained a consultant to help guide us through the strategic planning process, and we are soliciting feedback from various focus groups to build on our strengths and to meet the evolving needs of our community.  This strategic planning process and your input will help us endure as a sacred community and help us identify some new and innovative ways to engage with each other.  We are addressing the following core questions: 

  1. What does it mean to be part of a sacred community today?
  2. What kind of meaningful engagement strategies are you seeking?
  3. How should we be utilizing technology to build community?
  4. How should we be thinking about and planning for the long-term financial sustainability of the congregation? 
  5. What is the most meaningful connection point between TBS and you and your family? How do you hope that will grow and/or change over the next few years?

So, what are your thoughts to these questions? We welcome your ideas and suggestions. Feel free to send your responses to our strategic plan co-chairs, Carolyn Jacobs and Jeff Levine, at cmjacobs17@verizon.net and jefflev1048@yahoo.com

Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom, and I look forward to seeing you in shul! If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, you can always reach out to me at rons@tbsonline.org or (856) 751-6663 x218.

B’Shalom,
Ron Safier
Executive Director 

January 19, 2023

Ron recently delivered operational updates to our Board of Directors. The following are excerpts from his presentation in which he discussed upcoming developments as well as results from recent initiatives.

At our last Board meeting I mentioned that we extended an offer for our Communications Manager role. Lori Clark started with us on 11/28, and she is helping us develop and create print and digital communications and marketing materials, in addition to a comprehensive advertising and social media strategy and will help us with our website management, just to name a few. She is doing an excellent job so far and is fitting in very nicely. 

Allison Borenstein is doing a fantastic job as our Events Manager, working with B’nai Mitzvah and wedding families as they prepare for their upcoming celebrations, among other job functions. 

We received the audited financial statements for fiscal year 2022 from Marcum several weeks ago, and they will be shared with the finance committee this Monday evening. 

In late November, our Controller, Howard Brooks, notified me that he would be moving on to take a position closer to his home in PA. We quickly retained YPTC – Your part-time Controller – to provide us with an accountant while we search for a permanent replacement. YPTC assigned a wonderful, competent, and professional accountant by the name of Cyndi Zippilli who was able to spend several weeks transitioning with Howard prior to his departure. She is settling in nicely until we find a permanent replacement, and we are using numerous sources towards that goal. 

Steve Magowan and I have been addressing a recent issue we discovered as it relates to water entering the sanctuary from underground whenever we have heavy rain. We identified an excavation company who completed work last week to create a new drainage system outside the sanctuary, behind the building. They also exposed the foundation to pour tar to reinforce the outside wall to prevent water from seeping in. We are also in the process of identifying a vendor to fill in the many potholes that we have throughout the parking lot and driveways, until we come up with a long-term solution to properly mill and pave the entire parking lot. 

At the last Board meeting it was approved to purchase fifty-four additional plots at Crescent Memorial Park using funds from the Congregation’s capital account. All the necessary documents have been signed with Crescent Memorial Park, and the state, to move forward with this purchase.
 
And lastly, I have scheduled active shooter drills for faculty, staff and clergy which will be conducted by representatives of the JFED Security team. These drills will take place the evening of Thursday, February 2nd and we will look to schedule congregational drills in the weeks to follow.

Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom, and I look forward to seeing you in shul! If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, you can always reach out to me at rons@tbsonline.org or (856) 751-6663 x218.

B’Shalom,
Ron Safier
Executive Director 
 

January 5, 2023

With recent Board approval to purchase a new section of burial plots at Crescent Memorial Park, I thought I would use this opportunity to draw attention to the Life Cycles section of the TBS website, under the category of Prayer, and specifically the section on Death and Mourning. Here you will find information about Crescent Memorial Park and how to obtain burial plots in the TBS section of the cemetery, as well as purchasing a Yahrzeit plaque for your loved one in our memorial alcove, which includes a digital listing on our interactive Yahrzeit display board. 
The Yahrzeit display board has many features, including:
•    Automatically displays name of loved ones, beginning the week of the anniversary of their Yahrzeit.
•    Quickly and easily search the database of names on the touch screen display (except on Shabbat and holidays).
•    Stores personal profiles, photographs, and achievements of individuals.
•    Picture bio page allows you to upload photos and text.
•    Strengthens knowledge and appreciation of family’s legacy and history.

A new Yahrzeit plaque in the memorial alcove can be purchased for $550 which includes a digital listing on the interactive Yahrzeit display board. 

Click here to visit the Yahrzeit web page

Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom, and I look forward to seeing you in shul! If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, you can always reach out to me at rons@tbsonline.org or (856) 751-6663 x218.

B’Shalom,
Ron Safier
Executive Director 

COVID-19 Policy

While not required to attend in-person services, programs, and events at TBS, vaccination against COVID-19 is strongly encouraged, as well as boosters for those who are eligible. Likewise, while masking is not required at most events in the building, it is encouraged when there is “high” Community Levels of COVID-19.

For information about additional COVID-19 protocols in our schools, contact the Education Department.

Thu, February 2 2023 11 Shevat 5783