As we move into autumn and approach the High Holy Day season, Vicki and I wish you a “Shana Tova” and express our hopes that 5778 will be a sweet year for your family. This coming year marks the 70th Anniversary of Temple Sinai and we have much to celebrate: Our community is thriving, our array of programming continues to flourish, and the services we offer to those in need have expanded significantly.
Each year, Temple Sinai reaches out to all members during the High Holy Days asking you to support our annual Kol Nidre appeal. As you might not know, only 90% of our budget is covered by Temple Dues. The Kol Nidre appeal enables us to strengthen our home, our connections with families, with congregants, with Israel, and with Judaism. It is a critical resource in helping us achieve our mission.
As the parent of two children, with our youngest now a freshman in college, I truly understand the financial challenges of maintaining Temple membership and a busy family life. However, I’ve also personally seen how our Temple can influence people of all ages, especially my two children who grew into the adults they are today because of the welcoming and nurturing home that Temple Sinai provided them. I initially supported this pledge with a small donation, one that eventually grew. It represented a wonderful mitzvah, a gift from the heart, and engaged me deeper into the purpose of our community.
Part of my joy of being the President of the largest Reform synagogue on Long Island stems from being affiliated with like-minded and committed congregants such as yourself. It is with great pride that I serve in this position. My hope is that you’ll consider pledging a donation this year during our Kol Nidre appeal, to help make this vision a reality. I look forward to seeing you during the High Holy Days so I may thank you in person.
Richard Evans, President