May 2014

Presidents' Message

It has been a very busy few months at CSH! We are excited to already have had 3 Bar/Bat Mitzvah's in the recent months and will have 4 more in the next few months. We are very proud of our young adults in leading our services so beautifully!

Our 50th Anniversary was celebrated in style at our Anniversary Gala! Everyone that attended had a wonderful time. A big thank you to the gala committee for their time and effort to make our gala an evening to remember. Mazel tov to our honoree, Marty Gordon, for being such an important part of our congregation.

Our annual budget congregational meeting will take place in June. You will receive details in a few weeks. We are also planning to have an congregational open house in August.

Thank you to all of our congregants to continue helping to make CSH be the best it can be! Please call or email us with any questions, praise, concerns, to volunteer on one of our many committees, or if you want to just chat.

Sandy Ostrosky and Debbie Angel


Shalom, Chaverim!

We’re undergoing some construction in the Membership department and we felt it was a good time to lift the curtain and talk about what we've been doing! First of all, let’s talk about values. As the people who represent members, potential members, and potential members we haven’t met yet, we felt that we needed to start things off by defining what our values are. What are the principles that guide our decision making and our actions? To best serve the members of Shaar Hashalom, we started by focusing on these:

Hospitality – Everyone should feel welcomed at Shaar Hashalom. Everyone.

Family – Each member should feel as they are part of a larger family and Jewish community both at Shaar Hashalom and throughout the greater Houston area.

Warmth – Everyone should feel that they are treated with respect and dignity.

Trust – Each member should feel as though the board members representing membership can be trusted with personal information and that we will respond appropriately to their concerns.

We could have named a hundred different values but we felt that these best summed up our areas of focus. These Core Values are a small part of connecting with members and guiding our discussions as they pertain to members. We have also established a new email address that goes right to us. You can email us directly with any questions, concerns or ideas and we will get back to you as soon as possible. If you don’t like email, just give us a call. We are here for you.

What is important to you as a member? How can we be of greater service to you? These are things we want to know. Over the next few months you’ll see and hear from us more. From wacky birthday calls to family Shabbat dinners, we want to partner with you and be a supportive hand here at Shaar Hashalom. We look forward to talking with you soon!

Bylaws Under Review

Our Bylaws require that they be reviewed at least every seven years, and 2014 is one of those lucky years. Your Bylaws Review Committee has been hard at work for the last few months reading and re-reading the Bylaws looking for ways to (1) improve the clarity, (2) update them to reflect the current times and our current operations, and (3) suggest some modest improvements.

We presented our proposed changes to the Board in April and got some excellent feedback. We will be sending the final proposed Bylaws changes to the Congregation prior to the June busget meeting with the expectation that they will be discussed at the meeting, and hopefully approved.

Stephen King and Tom Clancy have nothing to fear from our Bylaws when it comes to thrilling reading. But please take the time to look through the proposed changes because this is your congregation and we want the Bylaws to be relevent and meaningful to everyone.

Isaac Rosen, Chair
Leonard Levine
Sharon Rosenthal
David Hirsch