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President's Message - April 2022

We are pleased to announce that we

are now open fully and are planning

many interesting and enjoyable events.

We have already celebrated Shabbat

Across America, Purim and a rummage

sale. We have ongoing classes with the

Rabbi, Pride Adami and even FIU.

Future events include a Passover Seder,

a Radio Show, a Holocaust commemoration,

a Craft Show and many more. We hope that most of

you will want to participate and share in these programs. If

you have any ideas of other programs or activities that

might be of interest to our members, please feel free to let

us know so we can evaluate them and plan for them.

Several members have asked, “What is needed in the

Synagogue? Where can we donate for special occasions?

How can we contribute to the Temple?” Following are

many of the ways in which you can answer these questions

and help us continue to provide for our members. The

flowers for each Shabbat cost $65.00 and can be sponsored

by up to three people. We are bringing back the

Oneg and Kiddush for each Shabbat at a cost of $50.00

each of which can be sponsored by up to two people at a

time. A Yahrzeit contribution can be made when you are

observing them at a recommended contribution of at least

$18.00. We have birthday, anniversary, get well or sympathy

cards which can be sent for a minimum of $5.00 each,

contributions can be made to the Rabbi’s Discretionary

Fund, donations to Tzedakah can be made by dropping

them into the box in the front lobby, a leaf can be purchased

for the Tree of Life to celebrate a wedding, birth,

anniversary or any other special celebration at a cost of

$125.00, a Memorial Plate can be purchased to be placed

on one of our memorial plaques at a cost of $200.00, a seat

in the Sanctuary can be purchased with you name on it for

$250.00, a plate can be purchased for the Holocaust Torah

in the front hall for 300.00, you can become a Booster for

$10.00 per year. There are several other ways to contribute

including participating in activities and attending programs.

You can also leave a legacy to the Synagogue which can

be discussed individually and can perpetuate your name as

long as we exist. I hope that this gives you an idea of how

to help your Temple continue to provide the services and

programs that meet your interests and enjoyment.

Passover is coming. We will have our Seder on Friday,

April 15 at 5:00 in the Synagogue. Rabbi Schonblum will

conduct the seder and it will include a Shabbat celebration.

Be sure to watch for the details and sign up as quickly as

possible. Arrangements are being made and it will be publicized

in the near future. Make sure that you get your

tables together so that no one has to be alone for the holiday.

Now is the time for you to think about our leadership and

the people who represent us. If you would like to serve on

the Board of Directors or run for an office, please let us

know ASAP. You may submit your name in writing or let

one of our board members know by the end of April so that

we can publish the list of candidates for the congregation

to consider. We will be having our general membership

meeting in May so everyone can vote for their chosen


I hope that this information has been helpful and that if

you have any questions or comments, please let me know.

Meanwhile, stay safe and healthy and we look forward to

seeing you soon and often.


Merv Levin

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