In Loving Memory of Andy Barchas— Z”l

EDITOR’S NOTE: When Andy was 

President of the NTHC Board, he wrote 

a monthly column. This was his last…. 

July 2007 

It’s been great… 

This will be my last message as your president. After almost two years in that position, I’ll be turning things over to Judy Friedman at the conclusion of our July Board meeting. The temple is very lucky to have Judy as its next lay leader. She is extremely capable, knows—and is known by—just about every-one, understands the challenges of maintain-ing the health of a small congregation, is a great communicator, and most importantly, is totally committed to the success of our synagogue.

As immediate past president, I will retain my seat as an ex-officio voting member of the Board.

It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as your president and to support this congre-gation in numerous ways over the years. As many of you know, Karen and I will be mov-ing to the Boulder, Colorado area later this year—the exact timing depends on when we can sell our house in Truckee. We’ll be empty nesters with Kevin going off to col-lege and Laurel a senior at Cal. This is an opportunity for Karen and I to cut back on our work loads, spend more time doing the things we love to do, and head down a differ-ent path.

I have to admit that, when we moved to Ta-hoe ten years ago, I was a non-practicing Jew. I was surprised to discover that there was a vibrant temple in North Tahoe and that they had a religious school. We enrolled our kids, and I volunteered to be chair of the school. “It’s hardly any work at all,” to quote Jerry Weinberg, the president at the time. Little did I know.

To make a long story short, that was the be-ginning of my commitment to the North Ta-hoe Hebrew Congregation. A commitment that allowed me to rediscover my Jewish identity, become part of an extended Jewish “family,” and discover the rich rewards of helping others.

I want to thank everyone—dedicated, gener-ous people to numerous to mention—who have helped make this synagogue what it is today: the center of Jewish spirit and con-science in North Tahoe. I also want to thank all of you for so being patient and supportive while we find a new rabbi, which hopefully will happen soon.

My only words of advice are to encourage each of you to participate in the life of the temple to the degree you can—and to help out as a volunteer. You may find, as I did, that giving yourself to a worthy cause just might change your life for the better.

Andy died on May 6, 2013. NTHC joins Karen, Laurel, and Kevin in mourning the death of their husband and father. 

Donations may be made in Andy’s memory to Stanford University, GHAWV-BMT

Office of Medical Development,

PO Box 20466, Stanford, CA 94309

Zicrono livracha. May his memory be a blessing. And may the family be held in our embrace.