A Message from the President

             Alan Lessack
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On September 6, we usher in the beginning of our new year 5782. Who could have forecasted the catastrophe that turned our world upside down, and caused us to become isolated in our homes for almost a year?

In spite of this calamity, houses of worship, schools and businesses had to find alternative ways to function. For Bat Yam, like so many entities, the new reality was Zoom.


Using this medium we were able to connect with our members, providing weekly services and numerous exciting and educational programs. I was astounded when the count of these interactions totaled 160! We could not have achieved any of these amazing goals without the incredible leadership of our officers and dedicated members.


All of the above is now history, and I suspect you are more interested in our plans for the New Year. Our first and top priority is Membership. No organization can survive without the constant replenishing of its ranks, and no organization can truly thrive unless its members share their skills and talents. The tech committee is a perfect example. They created and managed a structure to Zoom our services, which were enhanced by the leadership of our Rabbi and Cantor. We need more people to help going forward  and will be looking for members who might be interested in learning how to continue Zooming services and events as needed. Contact me for more information.

Some of you may be aware that in January, 2021, Bat Yam celebrated its 30th Anniversary. My wife, Edina, and I were in Sanibel at the time it was founded and attended the very first service in Fellowship Hall. Almost 100 persons were there. One of the statements I remember hearing that evening, which motivated me then and now, was:  “We are creating the Jewish presence on Sanibel-Captiva and nearby Fort Myers.”


This congregation cannot survive without your support and willingness to help us provide uplifting and inspiring services, educational programs and social action initiatives.


As your president, I am reaching out to ask you to contact me at the numbers and/or email below. I invite you to share your thoughts, concerns, suggestions and willingness to help to the extent you are able. Bat Yam is truly a family.


My best wishes to you and your families for a sweet, safe and healthy New Year.



Alan Lessack, President