By Ruth Thomas…

Retirement has finally lured Temple Sinai stalwart Kevin Ratnam [pictured above] away from his management duties.

Ratnam has put in 15 years on the board of management and has served as chair for the last two years.

“It’s been a privilege to serve this community which for almost 40 years has been a central part of my life and the life of my family,” he said.

During this time at the helm, Ratnam has been involved in many things on behalf of the Wellington Progressive congregation.

They include growing strong relations with the Beth El congregation, Israel’s embassy, the Union for Progressive Judaism, as well as community events such as Hanukah in the Park, United Nations Holocaust Day, Yom Hashoah and Yom Ha’atzmaut.

Ratnam has also served on Wellington’s Multicultural Council, the Joe and Eva Major Trust, and led the Wellington Community Security Group.

There are many back-of-the-office things that the chair must get involved in that are not seen by the community, he said.

“But the important thing is the community can experience and connect with each other via the Temple, unaware what it has taken to grow that environment.

“It’s been an honour to do these things even when the security firm rings you at 2am in the morning to go and lock up because someone else forgot to.”