October/November 2016


The High Holidays have to be my favorite time of the year: more people come together as a Jewish community than at any other time of the year. The clergy recognizes this as an opportunity to speak on important topics and provide inspiration and meaning.

Here, at Temple Beth Sholom it’s also the time of year when we kick-off our annual Strength to Strength Campaign. Last year’s campaign exceeded our budgeted amount even at a time when we had to do extra fundraising for our broken air conditioner. Our members really know how to answer the call when called upon! 70% of the congregation donated to the Strength to Strength campaign, and 70% of those donations were either the same or higher than the previous year!

This years’ Budget committee worked hard not to increase the amount needed by Strength to Strength to fund our operations.   The amount for this years’ campaign remains the same as last year; $104,000.

While you are davening in Shul on Kol Nidre, and listening to the Strength to Strength campaign speech, surrounded by beautiful new air conditioning, please consider donating to the campaign. The popular saying is “No gift is too small.” Our goal is 100% participation this year so even $18, $36, $50, or $100 means a great deal to the campaign. If you gave in previous years, thank you! If not, please consider a token amount; every dollar of your donation goes straight to our bottom line and strengthens our community.

Jody Comins has graciously accepted to chair the committee this year and John Herrera will assist her in our efforts.

I look forward to seeing everyone at services this year and get the chance to not only pray with you but to welcome you and shake your hand as I walk around the sanctuary prior to the Torah service.

Thank you, and may you and your family have a happy and healthy New Year and an easy Fast!

L’Shanah Tovah!

David Levinson, President