Dear Friends,

Every year, as we begin to see some green outside, and the Red Sox travel down to Fort Meyers, and I begin to think that maybe we really can put the snow shovels away, I get a tremendous sense of hope and enthusiasm for what’s ahead: Opening Day (or Night, this year) at Fenway, the Boston Marathon, dreams of another triumph at Pinehills, the JCC budget … and of course Pesach.

Opening Day and the Marathon require little effort on my part for maximum enjoyment, especially since I don’t run. Golf, the budget and Pesach, on the other hand, require a lot of effort. None just happens; there’s a lot of planning and work involved. We even set expectations. Can I make another hole in one? I’m a year older! Can we afford a new website? How many kinds of brisket this year?

Why do we work so hard? I think it’s because we find that the more intentional we are in our planning, the more meaningful the experience and the better the outcome. However you celebrate the upcoming holidays, may you do so among people you love, and with great joy and anticipation of the new season that lies ahead.

Chag Sameach—Happy Holidays,

Mark Sokoll
President/CEO
Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston