Dear Fellow Congregant,
The High Holy Days are almost here. My wife Ann and I wish you and your family health and laughter and hope that this year will be a wonderful one.
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 provides our congregation with the extra resources needed to allow our community to flourish, including a wide array of programming, guest speakers, and support for those in need. It enables us to strengthen our home, our connections with families, with congregants, with Israel, and with Judaism, which are at the very core of who we are.
As the parent of two children, with our youngest now a freshman in college, I truly understand the financial challenges of maintaining Temple membership, along all life stages. However, I’ve also personally seen how our programs can influence people of all ages, especially my two children as they 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.
As the largest Reform Congregation on Long Island, Temple Sinai continues to be a vibrant Jewish spiritual and social community, a place where “every heart has a home.”
My hope is that you’ll consider pledging a donation this year during our Kol Nidre Appeal.
I look forward to greeting you during the High Holy Days.
Jonathan A. Cheris, President