High Holy Day Appeal

As we prepare for the Days of Awe, we enter a period of renewal, reflection, and introspection.  It is a time to think about what we are experiencing, our commitment to fighting injustice, and the steps we need to take to improve the world in which we live. To this end, please consider Adat Shalom’s importance to your life, especially in these trying times, and what you can do to ensure that we remain strong and vibrant.

Adat Shalom has always been at the forefront of fighting injustice.  Today, as Jews, we are in the crosshairs of such injustice.  For those in our community whose families experienced the Holocaust first-hand, the hatred aimed at Jews must be especially terrifying.  We need to come together, stronger than ever before, to drown out the voices of hate that are a plague on our country and the world. 

Giving to Adat Shalom is not only an investment in our spiritual home, it is an act of gratitude for the gifts it provides to us. The High Holiday Appeal is an annual opportunity to sustain and support Adat Shalom by making a meaningful donation to its operating budget so that we can continue valuable programs for members of all ages.

This year, our fund raising target for the High Holiday Appeal is $180,000, which accounts for almost 10 percent of the synagogue’s total operating budget. In an effort to keep annual dues manageable for individual congregants, the dues structure does not fully cover the financial needs of the synagogue. Without the High Holiday Appeal and other fundraising efforts, Adat Shalom would need to increase each household’s dues by $375 to close the gap between dues and operating expenses. We ask everyone to contribute at a level that they find comfortable. If past experience is any indication, we are a caring and giving community in which everyone strives to step up to the plate.

If you are a new member, or would like to reevaluate your contribution level, we provide some broad guidelines in the chart below.  Using these fair share guidelines will help us achieve our $180,000 target.  While these guidelines can be helpful, some choose to give more than the suggested gift amount.

After Rosh Hashanah, you will receive a High Holiday Appeal call from a member of the Board or Program Council. Alternatively, many members participate in the Pledge Ahead program. To participate in Pledge Ahead, mail your pledge using the form on the PDF of this letter or pledge online on the Adat Shalom website before Rosh Hashanah (by Wednesday, September 20, 2017.) 

If you choose to Pledge Ahead, we will call you during the appeal just to say, “Thank you!”

L’shana tovah u’metukah. May 5778 be a year of health and happiness for you and your loved ones and may we all continue to share meaningful times together at Adat Shalom.

Sincerely,  

Marci Greenstein
High Holiday Appeal Chair                             

Household Gross Income

Suggested Gift

<$50,000

$18-180

$75,000

$90-360

$100,000

$180-750

$150,000

$360-1500

$250,000

$1,500-3,600

>$500,000

$3,600+