President’s Message

Sandy Lopater

Sandy Lopater

From the Desk of Sandy Lopater – President of Congregation L’Dor Va-Dor



From the Desk of Sandy Lopater – President of Congregation L’Dor Va-Dor

February 6, 2017

From the Desk of the President of the Congregation Sandy Lopater

Greetings to all of our members, friends and supporters. This letter will actually contain an apology, but first I need to thank a large number of people.

To Sharon Leibovitz, Pamela and Victor Siegel, and all of the members who took a part in the planning of our 20th anniversary gala…THANK YOU!!!!

To all of our wonderful volunteers who came early to help with a variety of duties…THANK YOU ALSO!!!!

And to our members and guests that attended and/or showed their support for Congregation L’Dor Va-Dor…THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

Now, unfortunately, I must apologize for what occurred at the end of the show. I do realize that there are many people who supported the last song and felt it was a fine addition to the concert, and I respect your views. As a firm constitutionalist, I will fight for your right of opinion and for the rights of others with opposing opinions.

However, this was a concert celebrating Congregation L’Dor Va-Dor’s 20th anniversary. It was not an anti-Trump rally, it was not a protest concert, and it was not the proper venue to “shanghai” our audience with political views not related to the concert in any fashion.

And to watch the program sink to the level of finger pointing and shouting, almost coming to blows, is not what this Congregation is all about. We have venues available to speak of these issues, such as the Controversial Issues and Tzedocrates series.  And if a member wants to hold a rally using our facility, it can be arranged. We can certainly attend any of the marches occurring and other rallies held throughout our area.

No one in our Congregation should be okay with the sight of members walking out of an event because their views are different or that they do not feel welcome at a sponsored event. Our goal as a Congregation should be to come together, not to weed out those that have differing opinions so we are all part of one thought with no one else welcome.

We can agree to disagree, but to do so it must be done civilly. Saturday night was not civil. Emotions ran high, but it should have never reached that point. That one particular song was unnecessary. We did not know what the entertainers were going to perform and did not know the contents of their lyrics.  This was not representative or indicative of our Congregation’s thoughts or beliefs or in any way.  Again, we apologize for what occurred during what was and would have been a very special evening.

The question that must be asked is this…What did we accomplish with the way the concert ended?

As always, I welcome your comments and critiques.  My email is


With Shalom,

Sandy Lopater








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