Yom Shlishi, 5 Av 5778

President's Letter, November 2014

on Friday, 15 August 2014. Posted in President


I am very excited about a special event later this month hosted by the Temple Finance Committee and organized by Finance Committee members Dianne Brodell and Brad Cohen. On Saturday, November 22nd, there will be an evening of celebration to support our beautiful Temple building. This event is the “kickoff” for the new Building Preservation Fund. Our building is, indeed, something to celebrate.


Like many of you, I have traveled to bigger Jewish communities and been awed by the large and impressively stunning Temples in these cities. But after I get through drooling over the space, the gorgeous art and the expansive sanctuary, I come back down to earth and decide that I wouldn’t trade our building for those. What Temple Israel has is more important than expansive space or world-class Jewish art. Within the walls of our Temple there are community and joy and a space that is welcoming and warm. And for a Jewish community the size of ours, our building represents an amazing achievement. It symbolizes the commitment and dedication of those who worked tirelessly to make this building a reality in our Jewish community. It is something to be proud of.


It is now up to all of us to demonstrate equal commitment to this building, to ensure it will continue to be strong and well cared for into the future. It is for this reason that the Finance Committee recommended, and the Board approved, the establishment of the Temple Israel Building Preservation Fund. After much discussion at the May 2014 annual meeting, the amendment to the Temple constitution establishing this fund was approved by those present. This fund gives each member household the opportunity to support the maintenance of the building with an annual donation and will now be included in the yearly membership renewal mailing to begin in June 2015.


But first, it is time to celebrate, to “eat, drink and be merry,” to enjoy the company of others in our Temple community, and to just have a great time together. I hope to see all of you there on November 22nd 





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