From the pages of Kadima, the newsletter of Congregation Adas Emuno:
A Message From Our President
Dr. Lance Strate
And I know that our annual Congregational Meeting is not one of the most popular events on our calendar. Not as popular as our bar or bat mitzvah ceremonies or holiday celebrations. Not as popular as one of our concerts or special presentations. Not as popular as our adult education programs or religious school classes. Not as popular as Shabbat evening services of Torah study sessions with Rabbi Schwartz. Not even as popular as eating matzah on Passover or fasting on Yom Kippur.
Not very popular at all.
But I want to make a special appeal to you. Come. We'll serve snacks. Come, and learn more about how our congregation functions as an organization, and a nonprofit corporation. Come and learn about our by-laws and the way that we do business.
Come and ask questions. Come and discuss your concerns. We genuinely want to listen to what you have to say. About what we could be doing better. And maybe about what you think we're doing well.
Come and vote. Take part in our American congregation's democratic process. Sure, you can give your proxy to someone else, but it's so much better when you're there to cast your own vote.
Year after year after year, only a handful of congregants show up for our Annual Meeting. I know it's not because you don't care. I know you're busy, that we're all busy. I know things seem to work fine without much participation from most of you.
But we can do better. As members, and as citizens of this congregation. I am asking you to consider your civic responsibility to Adas Emuno. Join us this June. Let us come together as a community, and live up to our name, as the Congregation of the Faithful.
This is my appeal to you. Let's meetup! Let's talk! Let's show each other how much we care about our little shul on the hill. Come to our annual Congregational Meeting. Give us just one hour of your time. It's not asking for much. I look forward to seeing you there.