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Why is this year different from all other years?
We all know the answers to this question. You have been with us through all of it, always demonstrating your commitment to The Temple. We are grateful for your past generosity, as we reach out for your support in this challenging and historic time. As we deal with increasing uncertainty, we all seek stability, comfort, inspiration and community. If ever there were was a time when we needed the strength of our congregation, now is that time.
We have been inspired during this pandemic to innovate and create new, meaningful, and inclusive ways to connect with each other. We are on the cusp of a transformation that will take this congregation into the future with renewed vigor and inspiration.
Physically apart, but standing strong together, we are gathering in greater numbers than ever before. Our families have come together in person, physically distant, to celebrate Shabbat, Havdalah, the High Holy Days, Sukkot, and Simchat Torah. We are on Zoom discussing anti-Semitism and anti-Racism with Temple and community leaders. We are studying Torah, poetry and Jewish Identity with our Rabbis. We are having “Cocktails with the Cantor.” Our students are learning, becoming B’nai Mitzvah, confirming and graduating from our Temple Learning programs. Our members are getting married; our young families are growing. We are counseling, supporting and helping those in our community who are struggling, suffering loss or mourning. Now more than ever, we are committed to staying connected, engaged and moving forward.
Each year we ask for your support of the All In Campaign. This year, your Temple is facing unexpected challenges to its budget due to the COVID-19 crisis, along with a commitment to operate in a more relevant and effective way. That requires a reduction of expenses, which is well underway, and an increase in resources. Our clergy and senior staff have contributed nearly $85,000 to help offset incurred financial losses. Temple Trustees have supported the campaign with 100% participation and generous increases. Now, we turn to you, our devoted congregants.
Your gift will help us support our Temple families, continue to inspire Jewish values, and create connections that last a lifetime. The needs of our community will continue to grow as the pandemic endures. Only with your help can we continue to fulfill our mission.
We thank you again for your commitment to this congregation and appreciate your generosity as you consider your 2020-2021 gift. If there was ever a time when the strength of our congregation was needed, and when your gift will have a strong impact on our future, now is that time. “If not now, when?”
With gratitude and prayers for your good health,
Jane Joseph, President Ronny Fisher, All In Co-Chair Michael Shames, All In Co-Chair