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5782 – The Year of YES

10/03/2021 10:41:21 AM


Laurie Walowitz

Another new beginning.
A chance to do it again and do it better.
A chance to do it for the first time and go all in.
A chance to look back and remember; to look forward and create.

I love new beginnings.
I love the freshness of them.
I love the opportunities they present.

This High Holiday season feels different from others.  I have often thought about my hopes and wishes for the new year.  I have shared them with family and friends around a Rosh Hashanah dinner table.  I have never shared those thoughts in a such public way.  It’s a bit intimidating.

As I think about the High Holidays that kick of 5782, I think about the power that one word can hold.  For me, right now, that word is YES.

I said YES when asked if I would become president of the Board for our wonderful CBE community and that answer has changed so much.

I am engaging with so many more people – some new to our community and some new to me.  I am speaking up in conversations that in the past I would have only listened. I am thinking about CBE and all that our community means on a much deeper level and with much greater frequency.  In doing so, I am stretching way outside of my comfort zone.  All because I said YES.  And you know what?  It feels good.

In our last issue, I asked you to think about your connection point to CBE.  Did you?  If no, it’s not too late!

In this issue, I have a related question, now that you know your connection, how are you acting on it?  How can you use that connection, say YES – and discovery new things not just about our community, about yourself as well.  There are committees, activities, classes, services – we need your ideas – your organizational skills - your participation.  Think about it – then act on those thoughts – let’s make this the year of YES!

Again, I invite you to send me an email and share your thoughts – 

I wish you, and those you love, a very sweet, happy and healthy new year!  

L'shanah Tova,


Wed, October 20 2021 14 Cheshvan 5782