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Dear Fellow Members

As we approach the New year, I thought it timely to update you on recent developments in securing TBI’s future.
We were blessed to have our Senior Rabbi, Gersh Rabbi Lazarow return to work a year ago with renewed energy. It now gives me immense pleasure to inform you that our Board of Governance has unanimously endorsed a seven-year contract extension for him. 
 
It seems very appropriate that seven is a symbolic number in our tradition - the number of wholeness and holiness and as such the number of blessing. 
The employment of our clergy is not simply a legal contract but also a sacred partnership between rabbi and community. Therefore this announcement serves as a reaffirmation of the sacred partnership that already exists between Rabbi Lazarow and TBI, along with a sense of stability and a recommitment to our shared vision.
 
Since joining the congregation in June 2013 as Senior Rabbi, Gersh has not only served as a spiritual leader but has also served as our organizational leader, guiding the Rabbinic team and our dedicated staff to manage and develop the continued transformation of synagogue and community.
 
We are deeply appreciative of Rabbi Lazarow’s religious leadership, strategic thinking and programmatic vision. The new initiatives and extraordinary growth that he has brought to all areas of life at TBI have invigorated and inspired our community. In addition, the physical renovations of our home at Alma Road; Pop Up Shabbat, Pride Shabbat and live streaming on TBI TV have all extended the reach of our community far beyond that which our founders could ever have imagined.
 
Under Gersh’s leadership, we have transformed our synagogue into a  true בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל - Beit Yisrael, a home for all the community filled with prayer, learning and a wonderful sense of belonging.
 
Beyond our congregation, Rabbi Lazarow has spoken out on the issues of marriage equality, indigenous rights, and mental health. He has also passionately shown us how to love Israel even when we don’t always like her politics.
 
I am sure the entire community joins me in celebrating this announcement and, together with the Board, the administrative and Rabbinic teams, we eagerly look forward to the exciting journey that lies ahead with Rabbi Lazarow as our leader.

 
Click here to learn more about the Rabbinic Team at TBI

Warm Regards,


Rebecca Silk
President

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