As some of you know, my tenure as Temple Israel’s Staff Writer is coming to an end, and I wanted to take a moment to extend my thanks to this community that has made me feel so welcome over the last two years.

I grew up attending services at Beth El, though, to be quite honest, my attendance wavered dramatically after my Bar Mitzvah. Yep, I was one of those kids. When I was younger, I never felt a sense of belonging at Beth El, though to be fair, I probably would have felt the same way at any religious organization, so the fault is not that of Beth El, but of myself. I simply wasn’t interested.

Fast forward about 20 years and I found myself back in Omaha after two years attending grad school in Boston. I was unemployed and pretty down on myself, and, when the job at Temple Israel was brought to my attention, it took a lot of prodding from numerous individuals to get me to even apply for it. But apply I did, eventually, and when I was hired I was immediately and warmly welcomed into the Temple Israel community.

And so I want to say ‘thanks.’

Thanks for your kindness and your generosity. Thanks for your patience and understanding. Thanks for all the quotes I’ve pulled out of you, and for posing for photos. And thank you for all the warm wishes I’ve received once it became known that I was leaving. It has been my pleasure to serve the congregation of Temple Israel for the past two years.

There are numerous people I would like to thank individually, but there are so many I’m afraid I might leave someone out, so if I see you around the building and I say ‘thank you,’ you’ll know that you are one of these people.

There is one exception I need to make, however. I want to thank Wendy Goldberg for all of her support and encouragement over the last couple years. I know I didn’t make it easy for her at times, for which I can never apologize enough, but she was always there rooting for me, and, honestly, I don’t think I can thank her enough.

And if anyone knows from where I borrowed the title of this post, you are a pretty cool person.