President's Message - May 2022
We are pleased to announce that we
are now open fully and are planning
many interesting and enjoyable events.
We have already celebrated Purim held
a rummage sale, had our Passover
Seder, and commemorated Holocaust
Day. We have ongoing classes with the
Rabbi, Pride Adami and even FIU.
Future events include a Radio Show, a
Craft Fair, our general membership meeting 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.
We will hold our first general meeting of the Synagogue
on May 18. At this time you will be given the opportunity to
vote for several new officers and board members for the
next two years. You will also receive a copy of the proposed
budget for next year and be given an opportunity to
ask questions and to vote on it. You will also have the
opportunity to vote on any new amendments to our bylaws.
This meeting is very important and you are strongly
encouraged to make every effort to attend and participate.
This is your chance to have your voices heard.
For your information and support, I am repeating part of
my article from last month. We are at a crossroad in our
existence and it is important that if we don’t begin to support
our temple and its organizations and activities, we are
in danger of not existing too much longer. With your help
and cooperation, we can have a bright future, but we need
your help. Please read the next paragraph carefully and
see where you can participate and in that way, help us continue
“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 $75.00
each which can be sponsored by up to two people at a
time. A Yahrzeit contribution can be made when you are
observing them, I am repeating 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
your name on it for $250.00, a plate can be purchased for
the Holocaust Torah in the front hall for 300.00. 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.
This gives you an idea of how to help your Temple continue
to provide the services and programs that meet your interests
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.