In July 2011, I wrote my first Shabbat Shalom message while on a bus returning from a Russian Jewish children’s summer camp outside of Moscow. Today, I write my final message from the Rosen office suite at the Alliance’s beautifully renovated Dwares JCC. So much has transpired during these past six years. Over the course of roughly 150 Shabbat Shalom messages, I have attempted to capture the bulk of it for you. I have provided you with a window into my thinking, values, and strategies. I have shared with you my family, my past and my present, my joys and my oys, and my aspirations and our accomplishments. I have tried to be alternatively serious and whimsical, assertive and diplomatic, and future thinking and nostalgic. I have always tried to educate and elucidate, yet never to postulate or pontificate. And above all, I have written these messages as your Jewish community’s CEO, whose role was to lead, manage, inspire, create and model.
But now my friends, it is time for me to “hang up” my keyboard and move on to my next professional adventure. Although it was Winnie the Pooh who once said, “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard,” it was Albert Einstein who said “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” But I will leave the last word to Hillel, who famously wrote in Pirkei Avot (1:14) that “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, who am I? If not now, when?”
The time, my friends, is now for me to ride my bicycle, as bittersweet as it is, into the future. So once again I welcome Adam Greenman to the helm. And I thank each and every one of you for your friendship, wisdom, advice, and partnership. Please do not be strangers. I promise not to be one either.