This letter is one of a series of monthly notes written to the KI community on congregational topics that pique my interest. Previous ones by me and my predecessor, David Williams, can be read here: President’s letters page. Please let me know what you think and/or what topics interest you by emailing me at




For those who don’t know me too well, I grew up skiing. In the world of ski accomodations nothing ranks higher than “Ski-in Ski-out,” the ability to seamlessly move from your home to the slopes and vice versa. Up until now, nothing has been comparable in the world of synagogues. Up until now…

2Life Communities (formerly known as Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly) is constructing 62 units of affordable, one- and two- bedroom apartments adjacent to the KI Sanctuary with a direct internal bridge between the two buildings. To the best of my knowledge it will be the first truly “Pray-in Pray-out” development in the country and will expand KI’s Campus vision of partnership in an exciting new direction. Interested for your grandparents, parents, or for yourself? Applications are now available and must be submitted by May 1st, 2020 by 5:00 PM to be entered in a lottery to be held on May 21st, 2020. Occupancy is expected to start this September. Don’t delay. “You have to be in it to win it!” Click here to learn more about the application process: 2Life Application Information. Let’s flood the zone with our KI community!

Speaking of zones, KI teens will be on a Purim offense as they take over KI in leading the festivities. They’ll be reading the Megillah, acting as marshals for the kids’ costume parade, handing out megillot and groggers, collecting tzedakah, etc…. Don’t miss the fun, drama and spectacle all coming to the KI Sanctuary, Monday March 9th.


And just a few days later, on Friday, March 13th, we’re especially excited to be welcoming Arnold Eisen, the Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary as KI’s Scholar-in-Residence. On Friday night, we’re celebrating with a joint community dinner with the KICKS Crew (who are marking their 10th anniversary that evening) and Congregation Mishkan Tefila. The KICKS Kabbalat Shabbat service will start at 6:15PM in the Chapel and the dinner will commence at 7:45PM in the Social Hall. Chancellor Eisen will speak following dinner on The Function of the American Jewish Community for America and the Wider World: Our Purpose. The Chancellor will follow up on Shabbat morning speaking about Our Promise with a text study post-kiddush. The dinner is being subsidized by a generous member of our community to encourage as many to attend as possible. Please click here to register for the event: Chancellor Eisen Shabbat Dinner or contact our main office as soon as possible. The registration deadline is March 12th at 12 noon.

Also on the calendar for March is KI’s 2020 Gala. We’ll be celebrating Rabbi Hamilton’s 25 years of leadership and vision with cocktails, music, delicious food, an auction, and live entertainment. Please join us on Saturday, March 28th at 8PM in what is sure to be a great evening. More information on tickets, sponsorships and advertisements can be found here: KI 2020 Gala.


Gordon Bennett
President, Congregation Kehillath Israel