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I WANT TO CRY...

Family and Friends,

I am at, or near, my first 100 days serving as your President of CBS.  I was hoping that my first President’s Blog submission would be something fun, positive, exciting, etc...  I wanted to introduce to you our new, enthusiastic and devoted Officers and Board of Trustees, who, because of their great love and support of CBS, are giving so much of their valuable time and talent to making CBS a fantastic place for worship, learning and communal support.  I wanted to tell you about our plans for the Synagogue, how we will be working hard to put CBS on a strong financial footing, not only with respect to current financial obligations but working so hard towards a solid and stable financial future. I wanted to tell you about the administrative staffing changes and how we have approved our ability to serve you, the Congregant... I wanted to brag about our professional staff, because they deserve it! There was a lot of other stuff I wanted to focus on...  And, then came HARVEY!

Lori and I, together with our family, have been extremely fortunate.  We and our home escaped the ill effects of Harvey.  No flooding issues.  No loss of power.  Just lots of “quality time” spent hunkering down...

  However, so many of you have not been as fortunate.  It has been no small comfort that the greater Houston area was spared the experience of Harvey, the Hurricane, making landfall here.  Massive, out of control, flooding has made our city a disaster area of epic proportions.  Lives have been lost.  Cars, homes, businesses have been destroyed.  Much has been irreparably damaged.  The extent of the loss and damage is incomprehensible at this time in terms of real dollars and cents.  And, then there is the immense loss and damage that can’t be measured with money, the human suffering...

I have heard so many horrible and heart-wrenching stories of loss and devastation.  When coupled with what I have been able to learn, whether from hours and hours of painful news media reports, or from just driving into our neighborhoods and seeing first hand the horrible catastrophe, I want to cry.  I want to cry because it hurts to see so much intense pain and suffering.  I want to cry because so many of you have lost so much, your homes, personal belongings, etc...  I just want to cry.

There is s a time for everything; now is the time for relief and recovery.  During these last few days I have had the privilege and pleasure of working with the CBS clergy, staff and key volunteers, Rhoda Goldberg and Nancy Picus, to help organize and coordinate our CBS response to the many and diverse needs of our Congregants, their families, and our Community.  Those of us who can give are doing so with full force and effect.  It is wonderful to see so many of our Congregants and friends jump in feet first and volunteer their time, skill and energy.  And, they are helping those in desperate need with great love and support.  

If you are one of those who can give (any and all such gifts are welcome); or, if you are in need of help, any kind of help, even just a hug, contact Rhoda Goldberg and Nancy Picus (information on Website) and they will make that happen for you.  

I still want to cry, but my cries are from the joy that comes from deep within, knowing that what we do for each other comes from and with love for each other.

If you are/were affected by Harvey, I hope to see you tonight for dinner following services.  I have a hug for you...

 

Stephan