The High Holy Days are a time for celebration as well as reflection. As we prepare for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, I wish you a year filled with health, happiness and peace.
Rabbi Yael and Cantor Bob have spent hours preparing so that this year’s services are meaningful for all of us and I look forward to greeting each of you as we usher in 5779 together as a Congregation.
The leadership of Congregation Emanuel strives to operate within the budget that is set primarily by the number of members we have and the dues we are able to collect. While we are proud to say that we welcomed 14 new families into our Congregation this year, sadly we also said goodbye to several others. A number of our members have fallen on hard times and are unable to reach their financial obligation. Earlier this year, our Synagogue encountered several unexpected heating repairs and cleanups. We all need to recognize that our building and equipment is old and combined with a cold winter, as is always the case, the unexpected happens. Your dollars are also used for our personnel, including the Rabbi, Cantor and administrative staff. We are in need of financial support for our religious school, the Welcoming and Membership, Caring Community, Social Action and Spiritual Practices committees. Your dollars will be used to continue our wonderful practice of supporting and visiting the sick and bringing meals and comfort to families who are in mourning. Our goal continues to be that we never turn any person or family away for lack of their ability to pay dues.
The time between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is a period of reflection. With your additional tax deductible contribution, we will be able to continue our many traditions of praying, educating our children, celebrating life’s accomplishments, being there for individuals in their time of need, tikun-olam, and being a strong voice in our community.
I hope you will give and be as generous as you can. Please help Congregation Emanuel continue to be a vibrant Synagogue in the Hudson Valley.
L ’Shana Tova
Arnie Zepel, President