Lisa Segal, President 2018-2020


To My B’nai Israel Family,

I am nervous, excited and humbled but most of all, honored to write this first note to you as president of our congregation! Thank you for putting your faith in me as we take this journey together. For those who don’t know me well, my husband Scott and two children, Emily and Matthew, have been members of B’nai Israel for over ten years now. In this time I have tried to be as active in our synagogue as I can, taking on roles within our religious school, Sisterhood, Makhela (choir) and Board of Trustees. For me, the best takeaway from these years of involvement have been the relationships I’ve formed with so many of you. I am anxious to continue growing and forming new bonds because, after all, when we seek synagogue membership, ultimately we are looking for CONNECTION. Whether that connection you seek is spiritual or personal, our synagogue is an amazing place because it offers us both, and so much more. Please know that you can also always connect with me whether it is to answer questions, listen to ideas, take feedback, help solve problems or just get to know one another – my proverbial door is always open.

In the meantime, as we enter a new fiscal year and (soon) Jewish calendar year, I urge you to take advantage of all the connections our synagogue has to offer. Join us at services, events, cultural programming and education classes – not just to worship, learn and enjoy but to talk to fellow members including our Board of Trustees. Please take time to read the Shofar and our weekly e-mails so you know what we are up to and what we have on the calendar. Judge how we are doing by experiencing our programming and planned events and then come to me and share your honest thoughts. What do we do well? What can we do better? I want all of you have the connection you desire from B’nai Israel, as I know how much more meaningful my life is as part of this beautiful congregational family.

Before signing off, I want to take a moment to thank Doug Fuchs for all the time, heart and dedication he has put into being our president for this last term. Doug has been a fearless leader and loyal friend. Thank you as well to Phil Feinman for his arduous work on our behalf as Treasurer and to Trustees Gerry Klein and Len Ross who have completed their terms on our Board of Trustees. It takes selflessness and real dedication to volunteer precious time and you are all so appreciated.

Lastly, as many of us go in different directions this summer season, it is easy to overlook how quickly the High Holy Days come up–September 9th this year! Please consider helping to enhance the beauty or our bimah by donating to our High Holy Day Flower Fund. The scents and beautiful patterns of fresh flowers help to further brighten our worship experience. I look forward to worshipping with all of you and welcoming in a New Year full of shared joys.


Lisa Segal