“It has been a privilege to be your rabbi for the past twelve and a half years. When the Briskin family came to Temple Beth El in 2005, you welcomed us with open arms. From the moment when Rabbi Lieb z’l placed the Torah in my arms and transferred rabbinic leadership to me, to my celebratory installation weekend, to the years of achievement and success we have shared together, it has been an incredibly rich and fulfilling tenure.
When I began many had doubts if I, or anyone for that matter, could be successful after the long and storied tenure of Rabbi Lieb. I am proud to say that, with a dedicated team of lay leaders and professionals, we were able to succeed and grow together as a congregation. We have enjoyed more than a decade of achievements and I feel so grateful to have been a part of our success.
During these past twelve years we have laughed and cried together. I have been there to marry your children, name your grandchildren, and bury your spouse. We’ve shared coffee and conversation, learning and laughter, wine and wonder. You have been an integral part of our family’s life as our children have been embraced and nurtured by this loving and caring community.
That said it is very rare in today’s rabbinate for rabbis to spend most of their careers at one synagogue. A twelve-year tenure, especially at a congregation of our size, is the exception rather than the norm.
It will be hard to leave this community and the dear friends with whom we have built and nourished strong relationships over the years. We don’t take these friendships for granted and we know that we will miss seeing your familiar faces week after week.”