I recently asked Rabbi Kaufman to provide me and our staff with an overview of a specific topic related to Judaism during each of our staff meetings. Although most of our professional staff is not Jewish, we all have a working knowledge of Judaism, however I wanted to provide our staff with a well-rounded understanding of Judaism. Our very first session was a discussion about the Jewish calendar and holidays. As I look back at the High Holidays, I realized just how many New Year celebrations we mark in our lives like the start of the Jewish Year, a new school year, a new fiscal year, and a new calendar year. All of our staff looks forward to learning more about other aspects of Judaism throughout the year. Thank you Rabbi Kaufman for providing these invaluable sessions.
We are quickly approaching the end of a calendar year and this is a time often marked by giving back to the community. Giving can take many forms and it has been great to see the many ways our community has given over this past year. From helping build a home for a family to preparing meals for our local homeless shelters, these are just a few examples of volunteering your time in our community. We’ve had to contact the DMARCC Food Pantry at least once a month to collect all the food and hygiene items you have graciously donated. I hope the trend continues on a regular basis.
Your Annual Dues Pledge is the primary giving we need from you to help our community grow. Without the funds collected from your Dues Pledge we would not have been able to repair the water damage in the sanctuary earlier this year, purchase new High Holiday prayer books, or pay our regular bills like water and electric. Thank you for your continued support in sustaining the Temple. If you ever have any questions about your Annual Dues Pledge please don’t hesitate to contact me directly. I’m excited to introduce other ways to give to our Temple. You will now notice on our website the option to make a donation to the Temple via Paypal. People from all over the country who have visited our website have supported Temple using this method.
We have also created a Temple Wish List on Amazon.com. The Wish List shows everyday items that are needed at Temple. Items include high chairs for the Social Hall, ice scoops for the kitchen and a portable vacuum for our cleaning staff. Similar to a gift registry, simply go to Amazon.com and access our Wish List using the following steps…
- Go to www.amazon.com
- In the upper right hand side of the webpage there is a link that reads “Accounts and Lists.”
- Hover your cursor over that link and click “Find a List or Registry.”
- Click that link and you will be able to search for Temple B’nai Jeshurun and view the items.
I would ask that you let the office know if you purchase an item from the Wish List so we can remove it from Amazon and send you an acknowledgement of your gift. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the Temple Wish List.
As we mark the end of the calendar year I want to thank you all for your generosity in 2017 and give you best wishes for a happy and healthy 2018. I can’t wait to see how our community will grow in the coming year!
Shalom, David Muenchrath