The Days of Awe are here and as we begin another year we will not only be at full capacity in our building during the holidays but we will also have a full building throughout the rest of the year. Our building is truly a shul (a school). We have a pre-school at full capacity with two classrooms, a religious school with a large bnai mitzvah class. In addition we also rent space to an afterschool Russian School and the Chinese School (neighbors across the street) during the day. But the opportunities for you to fill our building continue throughout the year. You can take a class from our Adult Education offerings, learn to lead services or read torah, get involved with V'zot Israel or sponsor a kiddush. Outside of the building you can volunteer to cook at the Dorothy Day homeless shelter, invite a new member to your home or visit those in need of healing. Hopefully you can make it a point in the New Year to volunteer on one of our committees.
By now you should have all have read the letter that was sent by the board to the congregation. The letter had two purposes: to disclose important financial information as well as announce a generous matching challenge grant. Despite the dire warnings the board has mostly received good feedback and we hope that this will encourage you to participate even more in supporting our financial future.
Once again this year our Malachim (Angel ushers/greeters) will help out with greeting and assisting those who may be unfamiliar with our setup. In addition, they will also ask you when you are not participating in the services and want to talk with old and new acquaintances to have your conversations outside of the building. Even if you are not a greeter, our services tend to swell with many unfamiliar faces, however they are not strangers, just friends we haven't met! I hope that you will introduce yourselves to me, and to others!
Thanks to everyone who has worked so hard to organize, setup and lead all our services.