The High Holidays for 5779 seems an auspicious time for my inaugural “President’s Message.” For our family, Rosh Hashanah is a time for celebration, preceded by great anticipation as we make plans to connect with family and friends. For me, it also sparks the period of introspection through Yom Kippur—as intended. Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah also present opportunities for celebration and reflection of who we are as a people. Funny how that works.
All of the emotions sparked by Rosh Hashanah also can be applied to the JCCNV. We are indeed in a time of great anticipation for the commencement of construction of the renovation of the “white house” into the Smith-Kogod Cultural Center, the new fitness facility that will enable us to better serve our members and the community—and the new playground for our children. The Board and staff also are engaged in a bit of introspection and questioning. In light of the demographic study’s exciting findings that the Jewish population in Northern Virginia is larger than many better-known Jewish communities in the United States as well as being the largest Jewish population of the Greater Washington region, the challenge of how we connect many more Jews with our large Jewish community is both daunting but also the object of much study. Well, not necessarily one on one Talmudic study, but study, discussion, spirited conversation nevertheless.
So we face 5779 with eager anticipation. We look forward to presenting the enhanced JCCNV facilities (you can see the new sign now!) that will be better able to serve our members’ needs. We look forward to greater engagement with the Jewish community throughout Northern Virginia in Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax, Reston, Gainesville and elsewhere. We look forward to connecting with those pockets of Jewish activity that are sprouting in many parts of Northern Virginia. And we will continue to strive to pursue all of our activities with you consistent with Jewish values and with a “Yiddishe kopf.”
From the Board of Directors and Staff: L’Shanah Tovah Tikatevu V’Taihatem