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Your Board at Work! 

The Board of Directors that you elected at the Annual Congregational Meeting took office on July 1. We are already hard at work on the transition to governing, rather than managing, duties as we delegate the day-to-day operation of the synagogue to our Executive Director.

Please Attend Rabbi Sally Finestone's First Shabbat Service August 3rd
We are also anxiously awaiting the arrival of our new spiritual leader, Rabbi Sally Finestone, who starts work on August 1. Her first service Kabbalat Shabbat is on Friday, August 3rd and we all hope you will show her a warm welcome by attending her services.

Governing Board Assignments
The Board has appointed two official Vice Presidents -- Madi Lapidot as VP of Spiritual Practices and Nicki Shamis as VP of Fundraising. The Board will continue to operate the Strategic Planning Committee (new members are welcome) and has appointed a Personnel Committee with co-chairs Nate Lamkin and Valerie Mauksch. All other Board members are assigned to act as liaisons to committees that now report to the Executive Director or the Rabbi. The following committees have a chairperson: Josh Goldstein, Youth Education; Leah Lamkin, Fundraising; Kyla Pfeif, New Membership; Operations Committee, Greg Herman.

Congregant Input Sought on New Board Policy Documents
The Board is starting a new process for increasing transparency about our work and seeking input from the congregation. Policies being considered by the Board that are not emergencies will be presented at one board meeting, then provided through Happenings for congregant input. With the wisdom we gain from your input, we will make changes and vote at the next board meeting. So here is our first trial run--please provide input by August 1  to Ginny Riley at on the following policies.

Remember that all board meetings are open to the congregation except for Executive Sessions to discuss personnel or legal matters. Executive Sessions are put at the end of the meeting if guests are present so you won't miss other public business. Board meetings are generally the second Thursday of every month from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Congregation Har Shalom, but check with the office in case there might be a location or time change. If you want to be put on our agenda to address the board, please let the Board President know at least 10 days before the meeting. Thank you for the privilege of serving as your Board President and please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Ginny Riley

Upcoming Events...

Lay-Leader Schedule for July: 

  • July 27 Kabbalat Shabbat led by Beth Hammer
  • July 28 Torah Study led by Beth Hammer

Adult Education Planning Meeting

Sunday, July 29th, 12:00 - 2:00pm
HJ Siegel is leading a discussion to plan Continuing Adult Education for the year. Everyone is welcome. Contact HJ for more information or to RSVP.

Rockies vs. St. Louis Cardinals

Sunday, August 26, 1:10pm
Please join us for a fun day at Coors Field as the Rockies host the Cardinals. Seating: Section 117 (top two rows of section 117, under cover protected by sun and rain). Tickets must be purchased by August 12. Purchase tickets and more information

Scrip Basics

Thursday, August 30, 1:30pm
New to scrip? Stuck on how to use scrip? Want to become a scrip all-star? Har Shalom invites you to attend a scrip help/training session where you can learn all the ins-and-outs of using Scrip and get help setting up an account. Keep checking Har Shalom's website Calendar for future sessions! RSVP here

Beyond Har Shalom

Changing Systems, Changing Ourselves

Tuesday evenings 7:00 - 9:00pm
ISAAC (The Interfaith Sanctuary and Accompaniment Coalition) and the Immigration Ministry Team of Plymouth Congregational Church UCC invite you to attend a series of discussions based on the webinars of the American Friends Service Committee's Sanctuary Everywhere in collaboration with the campaign Love Resists and partners Church World Service and Freedom for Immigrants.

Join us for one or more evenings to view the video and engage in reflection upon how we can best accompany immigrants in the community. Background materials will be provided.

  • July 31 - Case studies: Learning from experience
  • August 14 - Court accompaniment, Detention/prison visitation, Congregational sanctuary

Discussions will be held at: Plymouth Congregational Church Fireside Room, 916 W. Prospect Rd. Fort Collins. Questions: Contact Natalie Fields or Linda Mahan 

Mon, July 23 2018 11 Av 5778