May 2016 scroll article

My Dearest Temple Beth Shalom Community,

I was recently offered an exciting opportunity to become the full-time Cantor of Or Tzion, a 500 family Conservative congregation in Scottsdale, Arizona. I visited the area and fell in love with both the Jewish community and the metropolitan area.
And so, it is with mixed emotions that this summer I will say good-bye to Temple Beth Shalom and Vero Beach. In the six years that I have worked here, I have grown exponentially as a Cantor and as a human being. I am grateful for every Shabbat, every Holiday, every choir practice, every Bar/Bat Mitzvah, every class and every mahjong game that I have experienced.
I have learned what it means to have the support of synagogue leaders. The Board of Trustees and the lay leaders of Temple Beth Shalom have always been gracious towards me and supportive of my ventures.
I have learned what it means to be part of a team. Mindy Pollack is an incredible educator, whose ideas, knowledge, sensitivity towards and love of students, passion for learning and teaching, has been invaluable to me. She has instilled in me a love of teaching that I never thought I would or could have. Trudie Kriss has always offered her administrative skills, keen eye, emotional support, and wicked sense of humor every step of the way.
Of course, I cannot overstate how much Rabbi Michael Birnholz means to me as a mentor, a colleague and friend. I never thought that a Rabbi and Cantor could have such a great working relationship- he has elevated me to a professional level that I would never have reached without him.
Every chord that I strum and every note that I sing is and forever will be imbued with the smiles, laughter, friendship and love you have all given me from the youngest child to the elders of our community.
Thank you for embracing me as you have and do not worry- though I may be a plane ride away, I will have guest rooms.
With so much love and affection,

Cantor Dannah Rubinstein