08 October 2009

Our YK Appeal Letter

Dear Friends,

After our meaningful High Holy Days, we look to you to give generously to Congregation Beth Elohim's Yom Kippur Appeal.

You can do so by clicking on this link and making your donation through PayPal, or by mailing a check to our office (memo: YK Appeal).

As you already know, October has presented us with some profound challenges:
A significant portion of our Main Sanctuary ceiling collapsed demanding that we hold our Yom Kippur services at Old First Reformed Church.
After an immediate review by a structural engineer we determined that several other portions of the ceiling are at risk and there are also elements of the exterior of the building that demand our immediate attention.
Our foremost concern is replacing the roof of the Main Sanctuary as we have just done for the Temple House.

Simultaneously, we are in the process of completing renovation of the men's locker room in the Temple House.

At an October 5th meeting, our Board of Trustees voted to close the Main Sanctuary and begin repairs immediately. With your help, this year's Yom Kippur Appeal and Annual Fund will not only address the ongoing support of our successful programs but will also enable us to begin this exciting journey together for the repair and restoration of our historic buildings.

Furthermore, the synagogue leadership is developing a plan to launch a Capital Campaign, an important measure in our continued growth as a community realizing its full potential. I look forward to communicating with you every step of the way as we collaborate on this exciting endeavor to strengthen CBE.

We are inspired by the words of Rabbi Tarfon: "It is not up to you to finish the work, yet you are not free to avoid it." (Pirkei Avot 2:16)

Once again, our goal is to achieve 100% membership participation. As we look to restore and renovate our buildings, and seek support from foundations, it is essential that we demonstrate that we are all committed to our congregation and its future.

B'Shalom,

David Kasakove
President
Congregation Beth Elohim
274 Garfield Place
Brooklyn, NY 11215

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