As I sit and relax on this Fourth of July holiday, I think about my family and how lucky we are to be living in the greatest country in the world. Many thoughts come to mind, especially that of the religious freedoms that we enjoy and are able to practice here in North America. I know that my father of blessed memory, Joseph Skolnik, gave our family a wonderful foundation of Judaism which his father, Solomon Skolnik, of blessed memory, passed on to him.
We at United Synagogue are working hard to ensure that the values of Conservative Judaism that we hand off to the next generation will be solidly embedded as we enter our centennial celebration year in 2013.
In particular, our Sulam for Emerging Leaders program is designed to be the cornerstone of our leadership training initiatives. This will enable our future leaders to gain the knowledge, skills, inspiration and network to lead their kehillot in partnership with their rabbinic leadership.
This is a transformative time for all of us who are seeking to link one generation to another in our quest to keep the flame of Conservative Judaism burning brightly.
I am so proud of what has been accomplished over the past years during this administration, in terms of meeting our goals and vision to better serve the needs of our kehillot, our sacred communities. We look forward to the years ahead and to working closely with you.