High Holy Day Appeal
“Give and you shall receive, much more than you would have ever thought possible
…No one has ever become poor from giving!” – Anne Frank
This summer, we had the great privilege of traveling to Israel with Cantor Rachel and 43 of our fellow congregants. We were happy to return home with stronger emotional ties to Israel and with a deeper understanding of our Jewish roots, history, and achievements. What made this trip especially heart-warming and soulful was that it was an Adat Shalom trip.
The spiritual, educational, experiential, musical, and nurturing qualities of Adat Shalom, whether in Israel or Bethesda, make it special for us to belong to this community. It’s what makes Adat Shalom a gift.
As we prepare for the High Holidays, we enter a period of renewal, reflection, and introspection. It is also a time to think about tzedakah and our commitment to improving the world in which we live. To this end, please consider how Adat Shalom enhances your lives and what you can do to ensure its continued viability. 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.
This year, our fund raising target for the High Holiday Appeal is $178,000, which accounts for 13 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, Adat Shalom would need to charge about $360 more per household to close the gap between dues and operating expenses. For this reason, we ask members to fill the budgetary gap with voluntary contributions. We ask everyone to contribute at a level that is appropriate to his or her individual means. Such a pledge is an affirmation that Adat Shalom is a meaningful part of our lives and that we support its mission and programs. If past experience is any indication, we are a caring and giving community in which everyone strives to step up to the plate. As Anne Frank reminds us, “No one has ever become poor from giving!”
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 Sunday, Ocotber 2, 2015.)
If you choose to Pledge Ahead, we will call you during the appeal just to say, “Thank you!”
L’shana tovah u’metukah. May 5777 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.
Evi & Victor Rezmovic
High Holiday Appeal Co-Chairs