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Welcome, Rabbi Morrison!

By Mike Shapiro, President

July 2024

After 8 months, the wait is over. On July 1, 2024, another new era in our long history begins. I hope you will share my excitement as we welcome Rabbi Amy Morrison and her son Ezra to our community. Rabbi Morrison brings rabbinic experience as well as life experiences which I am certain will enhance our congregation in ways we have yet to realize.

Although she now officially begins her tenure as our rabbi, Rabbi Morrison has already been actively involved and focused on Temple Beth-El for many months. She has met with staff and congregants, begun High Holiday preparation, and relocated from Miami to St. Petersburg.

Rabbi Morrison also is intimately involved with the search process for a new Director of Education and Youth Programs. utilizing her network and connections throughout the Union for Reform Judaism community to find quality candidates. Several applicants have expressed a desire to work with Rabbi Morrison, which speaks highly of her reputation.

Not only am I excited to see what Rabbi Morrison brings to our congregation, I am equally excited about new staff, programs, and opportunities that will be made available to all of us.

I have said it before, but it is worth repeating. These are indeed exciting times at TBE. I have had the privilege of getting to know Rabbi Morrison over the past 8 months and am extremely hopeful and optimistic that Rabbi Morrison will help our congregation get closer and closer to realizing our potential as a caring, compassionate, inclusive, warm, welcoming, and spiritual community.

Rabbi's first Friday Night service is July 5. I hope to see you there.

Tue, July 23 2024 17 Tammuz 5784