Brothers and Sisters,
As we embark on 2024, my heart overflows with gratitude for the privilege of leading our esteemed Society during this momentous year. 2024 marks a milestone for the new year and our history – the 100th anniversary of the Shomrim Society! This centennial celebration fills me with immense pride and inspires me to push our beloved organization to even greater heights.
Reflecting on the past year, I am energized by our productive meeting in January. Together, we implemented crucial process improvements, paving the way for a flourishing future. Our dedicated 2023 board deserves immense credit for their tireless efforts. From pioneering new events and hosting exciting meetings to tirelessly advocating for the welfare of Jewish police officers and community members, their leadership has been instrumental in Shomrim’s continued success.
Speaking of new events, my congratulations to 1st V.P. Bro. Ben Gelber and Past Pres. Bro. Harvey Hecker on a second successful Malava Malka. In spite of a smaller than expected crowd the night was filled with food, fun, friendship, frolic and lots of prizes. Rabbi Kass elegantly introduced the program and welcomed everyone. Cantor Sam Levine did the havdalah service accompanying himself on guitar and following up with traditional songs. Brothers Adam Diamond and Dave Shimshi provided the leg work in making the night run smoothly. We paid recognition to two very worthy Honorary Members, Judge Balter and Alan Silverstein for their tireless efforts on Shomrim’s behalf.
As we stand on the precipice of our 100th year, I look to you, the Society’s vibrant membership, for your unwavering support. Let us embrace bold ideas and positive change to ensure that Shomrim’s legacy of service and brotherhood continues shining brightly for generations. Let’s make this centennial year a time of remembrance and a springboard for a future brimming with impact and growth.
With unwavering faith in our united mission, I say: Onward to 100 years of Shomrim – stronger, prouder, and more united than ever!
Bro. Philip Weisbord