If you look up the word milestone in the dictionary, you will find two definitions:
1. A stone set up beside a road to mark the distance in miles to a particular place.
2. Is typically defined as an action or event marking a significant change or stage in development.

This year GLT reached a noteworthy milestone in our history as we surpassed 200 members. Most of us will view this milestone as defined by the second description above. It is a critical event in the development of GLT and allows us to fill our beautiful building with events of all types for our diverse community. Depending on the day of the week and season of the year, GLT may be hosting a Shabbat or Holiday service, guest speaker or educational session, Religious school, Preschool classes or Summer camps, Adult social events and Teen activities.

I also like to view our milestone as described by the first definition. In 2017, we have marked a point in our history that establishes us as a vibrant community in the heart of Alpharetta. I view the Pavilion in our backyard as the road marker for our present community, just as the opening of our building in 2009 was a significant road marker for our 100+ members at that time. What is exciting about our evolution is we don’t know where the path ends. Unlike a road that is purposefully built with a beginning and end in mind, GLT continues to evolve based on the needs of our community.

Two hundred plus members is much more than a number and represents an opportunity to continue to expand the services we provide to our community (both internally and externally). The Board of Trustees, Rabbi Bernstein and I are collaborating on ideas to adapt to the changing needs of our community. We are looking at traditional programs and activities that have been successful as well as new forms of outreach and providing services to our community.

I challenge each and everyone of our members to become more involved within GLT. Join a Team (formerly called a Committee). Volunteer to help run an event (social or religious). Become a part of our Social Action activities (Food Drive, Hunger Walk, etc.).

I further challenge everyone to have an active voice and role in shaping the future of GLT. What is our next road marker? How will we define our subsequent milestones? Where will our path lead us? Who do we wish to be in 2020 and beyond?

This year my Yom Kippur Appeal is inspired by the quote, “Don’t live every day as if it were your last. Live every day as if it were your first.” Lili, Sophie, Parker and I wish you and yours a year filled with peace, joy and blessings.

Shanah Tovah,
Mitchell Hershkowitz

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