It’s with great excitement that we welcome our newest members of staff, Alex Weisz, to the team. Alex will be our Community & Youth Engagement Coordinator. His primary responsibility will be to make families with school age kids feel even more part of the congregation. He will work alongside Heather, Dr. Knafo and myself to deepen the engagement of young people and their families.
Having just returned from summer camp, I know the value of young people who are fired up and proud of their Jewish identity. I spent time with teenagers who had come through the N.F.T.Y. framework (www.nfty.org), and had used part of their High School experience to study in Israel and who were determined to be the next generation of Jewish leaders. It was my privilege in July to be the Rabbi for the C.I.T. (Counselors in Training) group at Camp
Newman and see them get excited about nurturing the hopes and dreams of their young camper charges.
Alex is here to cultivate all of that within Temple Sinai by getting to know the young families from an early age and building a community for them within our community. Please make him welcome and please respond to his requests for support, either by going to programs or ensuring your kids go to them! This is a wonderful new commitment to our families by Temple Sinai and we all wish Alex so much success and look forward to supporting him in his endeavors.
Rabbi Malcolm Cohen