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TBI President David Cooper

As I think about the upcoming two years as President of TBI, I can’t help but be filled with optimism for our synagogue.  Candidly, I am an optimist by nature but in this case my optimism is well grounded: we are coming out of the pandemic and a return to normal synagogue life is within view;  we are incredibly fortunate to have wonderful professional staff leading our Preschool, Religious School and office; we are blessed with fantastic clergy including both Rabbi Mike and Cantor Vadim; our Board is comprised of thoughtful and committed lay leadership; we recently completed the final phase of the ground floor renovation providing wonderful new and flexible space, which combined with our burgeoning preschool, will be a major step toward achieving financial health.

I can’t thank enough our outgoing President, Rita Shumsky, for guiding us here, especially through the pandemic. I would be remiss if I also did not sincerely thank our Board of Directors and all of you, our wonderful congregants, for standing up and demonstrating such loving support for each other, and our shul, especially through the hardships of these past 15 months.  Most importantly we need to strategically examine our future as a conservative shul to ensure the path we chart continues to provide the spiritual well-being, and educational and social programming, that best engages and inspires our members and learners across all generations.

 All that said, let me introduce myself and my family.  I am married for 35 years to my best friend and love, Louise, and we have two amazing daughters - Leigh who is 32 and supervises education at a charter school for children with autism, and Jessica who is 30 and is an architect and graphic designer.  Both girls went through TBI Religious School, which prepared them for their Bat Mitvahs and they followed with Hebrew High.  From a business perspective, I am a professional mechanical engineer with a focus on the vertical built environment, working with world renowned architects to help create high performance, sustainable buildings.  I have enjoyed a 40-year career with the first half in a private engineering firm where I became an equity partner and the latter half, after being acquired, with WSP, a publicly held 60,000 person global engineering and environmental consultancy.

 

I very much look forward to these next two years – building on our successes and further enhancing what TBI offers to its members as a spiritual, educational, and social home.  I also look forward to connecting with all of you, those who I already know as well as those who I have not yet had the pleasure to meet.  Please do reach out to me at any time via phone, email or text to share your thoughts about TBI. It is only with our collective efforts that we will live up to the vision –  Be Enriched, Be Inspired, Belong.

B’Shalom,

David

 

 

Executive board

Rita Shumsky

Immediate Past President
 
Fri, October 7 2022 12 Tishrei 5783