Watch this message from our President, Judy Avner and enjoy her special video within her speech: “This is Us”: Ohav Edition
Shanah tovah u’metuka
Reflect, renew, return, and rejoice. These are the themes for our High Holy Day season. And here we are, at once the same and different. This is a year like no other. Although we miss gathering in person, we are still connected. Our Holy Days observance will still be filled with meaning, perhaps even more so, as we can reflect more deeply on what ties us together as a community and as a people.
We have been working hard to provide an array of opportunities for you to experience the Holy Days. Through our Journey to Joy weekly email series, our community has shared reflections, greetings and music. Our worship services will be available both as pre-recordings and live streamed so you can access them safely from your home or, perhaps, with other family and friends. You will have the chance to hear the shofar blowing live in the shul parking lot.
Our special Ohav Shalom @ Home project gives you multiple ways to capture the spirit of the Holy Days in your home. The list of contents is on the next page of this booklet. The Ohav website contains our full calendar, resources and links to keep you connected.
When we made the decision to close our building in March, we knew that it would be essential to keep our Ohav community connected. Our building may have closed, but Ohav remains open. Ohav continues to be there for and with our congregants, in sickness and in health; to celebrate and to mourn; to pray and to learn.
Relying on our community to be here for us takes more than faith. It requires each one of us contributing our time and financial resources to continue and protect this community. Our building needs to be maintained, salaries need to be paid, and repair work needs to be done. Safety measures associated with COVID 19 have been implemented and will continue to be implemented as we plan to return to our building for worship.
We all have been impacted by the pandemic, and we understand the economic pressures that everyone is feeling. The shul has felt them as well. Dues comprise about half of our budget, thus all of your contributions and donations are critical. This High Holy Day season we ask you to invest your time, your talent, and your financial resources in the Ohav Shalom community so we can continue to build together for now and for the future.
We hope we can count on you to be as generous as you can this year, at whatever level of giving is appropriate for you. You can donate on our website or by sending a check to the synagogue in the envelope provided. Know that whatever you contribute, you have made a difference and we are deeply grateful to you as a member of our Ohav family.
Let us hope that next year we will be together in person as well as spiritually in our beautiful sanctuary.
May this be a new year filled with sweetness and joy, with good health and much love, personal fulfillment and peace.
G’mar chatimah tovah. May we all be sealed in the Book of Life.
Ohav Shalom’s Project Nehemiah is named for the leader who, together with the religious leader Ezra, rebuilt the moral, spiritual and physical infrastructure of the Jewish community in the 5th century B.C.E.in the land of Israel. Our congregation’s Project Nehemiah program is for members who want to assist in building and sustaining the moral, spiritual and physical infrastructure of Ohav Shalom. Project Nehemiah is a voluntary program of giving beyond standard dues. In our budget, dues account for less than 50% of the funds necessary to run the congregation and provide the kind of programming and services that we value and are so proud of. Without this type of voluntary giving our synagogue could not pay its bills.
If you believe that Ohav Shalom is:
• a place you want to help build and sustain for the future
• a place worth investing in, so that you can be proud to bring family and friends here for worship and programming
• a place where you can take pride of ownership, knowing that you personally participated in keeping all of our services at the highest level then we hope you will consider joining the other families who generously participated in Project Nehemiah last year.
Three levels of giving are available (and of course, we encourage you to give beyond these levels as well!):
• Supporting Member: Contribution of $500 above dues (less than $1.50 per day)
• Sustaining Member: Contribution of $750 above dues (less than $2.00 per day)
• Guardian Member: Contribution of $1000 above dues (less than $3 per day)