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Yom Kippur 5778


Our President’s Ending Thoughts 5778


For the past couple of years, I came up here and thanked Mark for the outstanding High Holiday services. This year will be a little different.  Let me explain…

I was very much surprised when I saw this year’s symbol – the dash.  My first impression was that there was nothing that could be said that would make it interesting.  How wrong I was!  Take a look at this

JEWISH CALENDAR 5734 – 5778                                                                          Does anyone have any idea what this represents?  That was a trick question.  Maybe this will make it clearer.


The first number represents Mark’s first year as the founding Rabbi of Chavurat Aytz Chayim in Stamford and Chavurat Deevray Torah in Greenwich. We are now starting the 45th year of the Chavurot, and some of the original members are still with us.  I must point out that the dash, of course, represents Mark’s tenure throughout that span.  There is no way I have the time to list all of Mark’s considerable accomplishments during those years – not if you want to conclude this service and have the break fast tonight, instead of tomorrow morning at 10 am.  What is important is that Mark operated so well in 3 worlds, or concentric circles, at the same time.

In the world of Media, Mark achieved so much – all culminating in JBS, the Jewish Broadcasting Service, a viewer supported non-profit television network now available in over 40 million homes across the nation, as well as on-line around the world.   This took tremendous time and effort on his part.

However, this was not done at the expense of his other two worlds.  In the world of his Chavurot, he taught us and gave the time and effort to make sure our every meeting was meaningful.

And finally, Mark was dedicated to his family.  Time and again he showed how much he cares for them.  How does a person divide his precious time and give quality time to all?  Because of his love and commitment.

He loves working in Media.  He loves us and being with his chavurot. And that also includes all who share our High Holiday services year after year.   And above all he loves Ruth and his family.

So normally I would say “thank you, Mark” for the wonderful services we have had this year.  Not this year.  This year I say (to paraphrase the words of Ralph Edwards of “This is Your Life”),                                       “This is your dash, Mark Golub” and what an impressive dash it is.  So on behalf of all of us, I would like to say thank you, for the wonderful years you have given us – for your guidance and inspiration.  May you and Ruth and your loved ones have many more years of good health, personal satisfaction, and, like Moses, live to 120.

And finally, we are very pleased that so many of you have chosen to be with us during the High Holidays.  We are glad you joined us this year, and we hope you will be with us again next year.

Shana Tova U’Metukah.   A good and sweet New Year to all.



Havdalah Yom Kippur 5778

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