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Dear Congregational Family,

We pray you and your loved ones are healthy, safe and well.  We have been delighted by your participation in Shabbat and Holiday services, daily minyanim, adult learning classes, auxiliary and social groups, TIRS and youth programs, and our “virtual” synagogue.  We are grateful for those of you reaching out to our congregational family ensuring connectedness, and we look forward to gathering together in one another’s physical presence someday soon at Temple Israel.

This letter kicks off Temple Israel’s Annual Commitment Campaign 5780-81/2020-21. In the past year, we hired our new Senior Rabbi Michael Wolk and Executive Director Tayuanee Dewberry, and benefitted from Rabbi Howard Siegel’s leadership during this transitional period, including the impact of COVID-19 and the shift to virtual services.  We renewed our agreements with Cantor Shira Lissek and Rabbi Helene Kornsgold, recognizing them as key players in Temple Israel’s success.  We held our inaugural Winter Cantorial Concert; installed a new sound system; initiated the building of a garden courtyard/amphitheater area, honoring past clergy and Sam Lerner’s blessed memory; and, continued progress on Generations at Shalom Park, our Jewish senior living community.

We are currently engaged in planning for the High Holy Days, aspiring to create the best experience for you and your loved ones. We are actively monitoring health and safety guidelines, adapting to the changing environment under COVID-19.  Stay tuned!

Every year brings new opportunities. We look forward to installing Senior Rabbi Wolk and warmly welcoming him and his family into our congregational family. Your Board of Trustees will transition as one presidency ends and another begins. We will adjust to a “new normal” in light of this global pandemic.  The 2020-21 budget continues its investments in our most important assets - our professional team, our facility and operations, the safety and security of our community, and you. Your support is greatly appreciated and critical, allowing us to create and provide the experiences you seek.  Our Annual Commitment Campaign must generate $1,508,265 (70%) of our $2,159,590 2020-21 operating budget; the balance derives from endowment funds, fundraising, donations and programs.  The budget summary will be included in the next issue of Kol Yisrael.  

Please consider making a generous financial commitment this year. A commitment from the heart, consistent with the tenets of tzedakah, is the equivalent to all the other commandments combined (Talmud, Baba Batra 9a).  We ask each of you to consider becoming, or returning to, a donor level; to move up from one donor level to the next level; or, to make a “stretch” commitment by increasing last year’s annual commitment by $500, an impact of $589,000.  Please return your commitment forms online or by mail to Temple Israel by June 30; the new fiscal year begins July 1.

We also ask you to join us by contributing your time, opting-in to various activities, and chairing or volunteering to serve on a committee.  Much can be accomplished working together. The success of our kehillah rests with you and your active involvement. Thank you in advance for investing in our future, our thriving and growing congregation rooted in Conservative Judaism/Masorti Olami. We genuinely appreciate your many contributions.

With appreciation and gratitude,

David H. Rosenthal                                                                                                    Teresa M. Brenner President                                                                                                                  First Vice President


 Begin the 2020-2021 Annual Renewal Process

1) Instructions for completing the Annual Renewal Form - click here

2) ANNUAL RENEWAL FORM - click here

Wed, January 27 2021 14 Shevat 5781