Am Yisrael Chai...
A message from Brian Chartock
Executive Director, Temple Beth Am
Dear Beth Am Community,
As I write to each of you on a chilly, rainy evening in New Jersey, I cannot help but reminisce about what has led me to this point in my Jewish journey.
From the time I learned to walk and talk, Judaism and Israel have played vital parts in my life. I remember vividly my own temple experiences growing up and how they helped shape and guide my values and principles.
As I settle into my new “home” at Temple Beth Am and in Florida, I do so without trepidation, knowing that my family is becoming part of a larger family. Thank you for welcoming us.
Partnering with the Clergy and staff, along with the lay leadership and congregation at large will always be a top priority for me. In addition, helping to lead Temple Beth Am and its schools grow, both internally and externally, will always be a primary focus. Together, we will continue to implement the collective vision for the Temple’s continued health and growth.
Beyond the Curve... When I first learned of Temple Beth Am’s monumental initiative to create the new Center for Innovation & Jewish Learning and Welcome Center, complete with the performing arts, athletic and community spaces, I was truly moved and super excited. This project is for each and every one of our members and students — from our religious school and youth, to our day school... we are all One. One community. One Temple Beth Am.
The success of this awesome campaign will ensure that our campus will serve our community beginning today and into the future. Moreover, Temple Beth Am and its schools will continue to lead and to exemplify the very essence of thriving Jewish communal life, both locally and nationally. Together, we will exceed our goals. As Theodor Herzl famously remarked, “If you will it, it’s not a dream.”
Temple Beth Am has a remarkable 60-plus year history. A history filled with rich worship, education, youth and adult programming, community and philanthropy. Over the next 60 years, together, we will build upon our proud past traditions, plan strategically for our future and live in the present... making our campus the very best for our members, our Religious School students, our Day School students and our staff as they make their own Jewish memories that will help them to shape their own lives.
Please reach out to me and stop by to visit with me when you are at the temple. I look forward to building relationships with each and every congregant as we continue our journey, together, over many years.
I would like to thank personally Rabbi Jeremy Barras, Stuart Ratzan, Joe Jacoby and the outstanding search committee, Bob Hersh and the other lay leadership team members who have helped to make my arrival as your new executive director a reality.
It is a true privilege and an honor for me to have been chosen as Beth Am’s new executive director. As we continue to grow together and get to know one another, I promise to do my very best to continue the excellence that has been established and, together, strive to rise to even greater heights.
Our Temple family is truly blessed. May Temple Beth Am go from strength to strength.