Letter from the President

Letter from the President

alex mack

I am writing this the day after our fantastic service project at the Trumbull Nature and Arts Center.  I was astounded by how quickly so much was accomplished by a few dozen of us working together. Last month, when I reported on the survey results, I noted how important the community was across the responses of members.  I realize on a day to day basis how each of us identifies ourselves may change.  We are not always framing ourselves in terms of being Jews, or Humanistic Jews, or congregants. We each have many definitions, and hopefully, CHJ comes in at an intersection where we have something in common that we find important to share with each other.

When I was a teen, I attended a conclave where they put all of us into a big room. Various corners of the room had labels:

  • I am a Jew
  • I am a Boy/Girl
  • I am an American
  • I am a Texan (yes, I am a native Texan!)
  • I am a Human Being

We were to head to the area we most connected with and talked to whoever joined us, find out what drew us there and what brought us together. Each corner fit every kid in the room, but the idea was to find where it felt right to be in that moment.

I realize “member of CHJ” is not everyone’s top corner all the time. Some moments being President of the congregation is all consuming for me, yet others I am primarily a mother, a wife, an employee, or even just exhausted. But I hope that for all of you, that CHJ corner continues to light up with regularity, and the draw of our community and activities and the things we share enables us to grow and prosper.


Alexandra Mack