A message from our President, Ira Henowitz:
Dear Fellow Emanuelite,
We, The Emanuel Synagogue family, have much to be thankful for as we come into the final weeks of 2013. With over forty new mrembeÂ households joining our congregation in the past year and with beautiful newly renovated spaces to enjoy, we are building on our re-energized spirit and momentum to create an even stronger, more connected and engaged, inclusive, multi-generational sacred community. Fellow lay leaders and I are busy planning and working with our clergy and professional staff developing and implementing updated strategies with a creative and reinvigorated vision to be a leading, compelling vital center of Jewish life in Metro Hartford for the 21st century.
It is also such a pleasure to share with you that we have experienced an increase in attendance and participation in the variety of opportunities, programming and services that weâ€™ve offered recently showcasing our mission of being a vibrant Conservative Jewish community of inspiring prayer, life-long learning, caring and social justice. All these positive happenings are wonderful. However, we also recognize that our slow-but-recovering economy continues to create challenges for many of our members which in turn, has impacted our Synagogueâ€™s operating budget.
So in order to help us to continue making a positive difference for hundreds of people in our community 365 days a year, I ask those of you that are able to consider making a gift to The Emanuel as you plan your year-end charitable giving. There are a variety of donation options within our kehilla and we encourage you to make your Synagogue contribution so that it is most meaningful to you. For those of you that have not yet participated in our enhanced annual giving opportunities, please consider lending a Helping Hand by contributing $300 to help support those who are facing financial difficulties. Whether it is a Helping Hand or another generous contribution, your gift from the heart is very much appreciated as it will make a difference in addressing our Synagogueâ€™s financial responsibilities as we underwrite over $150,000 of our membership dues.
As we look forward to 2014, we are planning a wonderful year especially as we will be marking The Emanuelâ€™s 95th anniversary. We envision celebrating this important milestone throughout the year. Please save the date of April 6th for what will be a very joyous and meaningful celebratory event that I hope you will participate in. In conclusion, we are most appreciative of your involvement, membership and support. Your Synagogue is here for you as a welcoming community of meaning, relationships and sacred purpose. Should you need anything from your Synagogue, The Emanuel, please do not hesitate to call upon usâ€¦ we are family.