Temple Sinai President Rich Evans
Dear Temple Sinai Family:
It is a pleasure and honor to accept the role as President of the Board of Trustees of Temple Sinai. I am starting my two-year journey after a total of 13 years on your Board, the last seven years as a Vice President; including my experiences as an Officer, Trustee, Brotherhood President, Chair of the Social Action Committee and past participant of multiple standing and search committees and task forces. I look forward to this sacred partnership with Rabbi Michael White. I also greatly appreciate the support and wisdom of my wife Vicki and children Jordan and Robin, who have supported me in my passion to pursue this path.
Please note that I have addressed this letter to my Temple Sinai Family, which is exactly how I view all of you. We are over 900+ members strong, and while I have not met all of you, I have two years to try.
Vicki and I have built a wonderful life for ourselves in Roslyn. At the very center of our life is Temple Sinai. We have found a warm, inviting, engaging community that means so much to us. We have made wonderful friends that celebrate our simchas with us, and phenomenal people to lean on and support us when times are difficult. This is the true meaning of family.
As I take over this cherished role, I want to pause and give thanks. In all my years, of Temple leadership, education, and running a business for over 25 years, I have never had a mentor as great as Jonathan Cheris. For the past six months, he made his role as leader a co-presidency and involved me and educated me in most of the processes. I come to you today prepared as your new President, not solely by my actions, but by Jonathan’s leadership and friendship. Some of what we do as Temple leaders is not always easy, it’s not always popular, and the results are not always immediately visible. Much of what Jonathan has done has fallen into this category, and through it all he has led with grace, dignity, and kindness. Years from now when we look back at the steps that have brought us continued success, we will realize the leadership we were blessed to have in Jonathan.
I also want to acknowledge the phenomenal Executive Board: Michelle Golden, Lynn Fishkind and Andy Kraus. While the Temple is blessed to have many dedicated volunteers, we have never had such hard working and devoted Vice Presidents as these three people. Much of the reason for Jonathan’s success is due to the hard work and dedication they have exhibited.
My greatest goal, going forward, is to create an atmosphere where all of you feel the same way about Temple Sinai that I do. Remember Temple Sinai is truly the place “where every heart has a home.”
Temple Sinai is a welcoming synagogue. We greet people warmly as they enter our building and sanctuary. We create programs for all of the different members of our congregation. We include members of the community as we look to expand and open our “tent”.
We want you not only to be welcomed, but to be invited to participate, and to be engaged. We want you to be more than observers, more than participants -- we want you to have ownership in Temple Sinai.
Everything about Temple life is relationship based, it is not, and should not be transactional. By creating meaningful relationships with each other; with the clergy, with staff and with the community, we will not only find our own personal satisfaction, but we will expand our base.
I want to hear your stories. We are all on a Jewish Journey, and I want to know all about yours. I want to hear your suggestions and your complaints. My email is [email protected],
As we go forward, there will be more to share and I am looking forward to taking this journey with all of you.
In the spirit of inviting, please come to the Friday, June 16, Installation and Todah Rabah Service (7:45pm) to meet and welcome your new Temple leaders as well as thank our congregants who are part of multi-generational Temple families. If we have met, I hope to greet each of you personally. If we have not yet met, please introduce yourself to me.