Shalom in Scouting. We must always remember and be guided by our mission statement. We are here to aid, enhance, guide, sculpture, and applaud the accomplishments of our youth. How can we do this? It’s rather simple. We are committed to support the scouts through our religious programs. Our programs start with our religious emblems – Maccabee, Aleph, Ner Tamid and Etz Chaim. We have services at scouting events and summer camp. We have Scout Shabbats. We have a Kinnus or Conclave yearly. Lag B’Omer programs. Dreidel Spins. We teach the history of Judaism in scouting. We deliver quality year long and Jamboree program. We recognize Eagle Scouts. We sponsor units through our synagogues and temples. We have scholarships. We communicate and accomplish all our goals in every way possible. We use all resources available especially each other. We eliminate the politics and do what needs to be done. We are Jewish Scouters with a mission.
I thank each and every one of you for your effort and participation in making the Jewish Committees and their events such a positive and successful learning experience for our Scouts.
The Northeast Region fully supports the National Jewish Committee. We have a yearly conference held in March where we communicate new programs and share the ways we each have presented these programs. I look forward to talking with each of you on how we can improve, communicate, add new units and better our Scout’s experiences. You are all invited to attend. The food and brotherhood is second to none.
We will also be have a great program at the 2017 Jamboree at the Summit. Please visit this National Jewish Committee website to learn more of what you can expect from us at Jambo 2017. Some tentative events will include Shabbat services; religious emblems workshop; Shofar making; kosher food; the Dreidel Spin; an interactive booth with games and information, and giveaways. Visit the booth where you can win a TV or a Kindle Fire. We also hope to have the Israeli Scouts (Tzofim) join us. You gotta be there. If you would like to be on my staff at the Jamboree, please contact me.
We will also be having coordinated phone calls for our leadership. I want to make sure we are all on the same page and that our communication is strong. With the change in BSA policy, it is important to treat all Scouts and Scouters equally. I am open to all comments, requests and suggestions.
Remember, our mission and path. May we all go from strength to strength.