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Connection Point

07/04/2021 10:00:32 AM

Jul4

Laurie Walowitz

At CBE, we celebrate three new years – our fiscal year in July, the Jewish year in Tishrei (September) and the calendar year in January. Happy new fiscal year to you!

Dan Herman, our outgoing president is leaving big shoes to fill.  Thank you, Dan for your leadership, guidance, and friendship.  I am honored to serve as the next CBE Board president and will work hard to keep your momentum going.  

Thanks very much to our 2020-2021 board - Mike Schneider, treasurer; Sheri Pinsonnault, secretary; Sara Friedman; Lilia Gerberg; Allison Gustavson; Jay Kramer; Judy Sherman; Iris Solomon; and Ofer Tal.  You are dedicated and passionate leaders.

We are sad to see Sheri, Judy and Lilia end their terms and excited to welcome Mindy Nitkin to the 2021-2022 Board and have Allison become our secretary.

To the CBE staff – Rabbi Jamie, Elizabeth, Tara and Tami – thanks so much for the support you provide to the board and all of the CBE volunteers and members!  We appreciate you!

A little about me and my motivation to assume this role - My husband, Nate, my two sons, Billy (now 25) and Andy (now 23) and I moved from Baltimore to Evergreen in 2007 and joined CBE almost immediately.  The friends we have made through this congregation have filled the “family void” that we left on the East Coast.  That has been a huge gift.

Professionally, my early career was highlighted by a three-year stretch in the marketing department of the Baltimore Orioles.  After an eight-year hiatus to be home with my kids, I began the nonprofit phase of my career.  In 2012 earned my master’s in social work degree, which sparked my current career in human services.  Since 2016, I have been the Director of Programs at The Action Center.

From a Jewish perspective, summer sleep-over camp was the place where I most participated in any kind of observance – to this day the only prayers I know are the ones we sang at camp, and I only know the prayer if the melody matches what we used there.  At home, my dad was very uncomfortable in a synagogue, and he definitely passed those feelings down to me.  

I feel at home when I walk into our building.  Even my dad liked it here!  I have never felt that way in a synagogue.  We are a unique and special congregation.  Nate and I became involved in CBE activities early on, in ways that were important to us.  I gravitated towards softball and Mussar, while Nate focused his attention on blowing shofar and reading torah.  My professional background, my desire to give back to this community and connect more deeply drew me to serving on the board several years ago when I was secretary and again now.  

This is my connection point.  CBE has a connection point for everyone.  What’s yours?  

Send an email to president@bethevergreen.org and let me know!  Still searching?  Send an email anyway, we still have two board seats to fill !

Fri, July 30 2021 21 Av 5781