Sunday, October 30, 2011
Yom Kippur Appeal 5772
Here now is the text of this year's Yom Kippur Appeal, delivered by Congregation Adas Emuno Financial Secretary Mark Rosenberg:
As we celebrate 140 years as a congregation, let us reflect on how Adas Emuno has managed to exist for this period of time.
In his Rosh Hashanah sermon, Rabbi Schwartz recalled his memories of going to Brooklyn to visit the home of his grandparents and spoke about the need for all of us to pass on our own Jewish “memories”: our beliefs and Jewish values that will carry from generation to generation. This is what has kept Adas Emuno going. It is the selfless commitment of our members, the dedication of our congregation past, present, and future which will enable us to continue to have a vibrant synagogue community built upon our faith, community, education, and worship.
But to do this, it costs money! And I appeal to all of you to look into your hearts and give what you can in this new year of such great promise for our Congregation.
The Yom Kippur Appeal helps to bridge the significant gap between the membership dues we pay and all of the synagogue’s expenses. I ask you to donate and help to provide:
For our new and outstanding clergy who will teach and inspire us.
For our religious school whose programs will guide our children to fulfilling Jewish lives and prepare them with a lifelong commitment to the Jewish Community.
For the preservation and maintenance of our buildings.
Help us keep the Adas Emuno memory alive for our children and our children’s children.
As you leave the sanctuary this morning, I ask you to return your pledge card and fold down the tab that you are most comfortable with, to donate what you can, so that we may be here for the next 140 years.