The CBI Family Welcomes Tom and Connie Glaser

On Saturday, June 23, join us for Shabbat services as we welcome Tom and Connie Glaser into the the CBI family.

Connie grew up in Detroit, Tom was raised in Grand Rapids. They met freshman year at University of Michigan, the beginning of a long friendship that resulted in their marriage in 1975.  Their honeymoon was a year-long road trip throughout North America during which they looked for a new place to settle and begin a business together.  They fell in love with the mountains of Western North Carolina and Atlantic coastal Savannah, Georgia.  On the conclusion of their trip, they founded and operated a campground near Saluda, and after 2 years, they sold the business and moved to Savannah where their two sons, Russell and Max were born.

Tom became a chamber of commerce executive, and Connie worked in advertising and professional writing.  A move to Athens, Georgia for Tom’s career preceded their relocation to Atlanta in 1992 when he founded the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce and operated as CEO for almost 23 years until his retirement in 2013.  During that period, Connie wrote and published five books and became an internationally recognized expert and speaker on women’s issues related to the workplace and communications.

While in Atlanta, Tom and Connie were members of the Conservative shul, Congregation Etz Chaim, and were active in the Jewish and general communities.  In 2015, the Glasers left Atlanta, relocated to Skidaway Island near Savannah, and purchased a summer home at Beaverdam Run in north Asheville.   They are members of congregations Mickve Israel and Agudath Achim in Savannah and are pleased to have become members of Congregation Beth Israel in Asheville to join longtime friends Bob and Carol Deutsch.   The Glasers enjoy music, hiking, reading, and relaxation, and feel fortunate to be part of the Asheville community.

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