Yom Kippur Appeal

 
Dear Friends,
 
We ask that you make your High Holiday pledge.
 
If you have watched the excitement grow from week to week at SVAJ, then you know that on every Shabbat the building is brimming with members young and old as well as friends, visitors and the curious. Children’s groups covering four different age categories are conducted expertly by our staff. Accomplished speakers present a wide variety of topics to our congregants and guests. Kol Sasson Congregation meets in Israel Hall every Shabbat and joins us and the monthly Women’s Tefillah Group for a delicious, neighborly kiddush. Improvements have been made to the building itself and we now have our enthusiastic and vital new leader, Rabbi Ari Hart, on board.
 
The anticipation preceding Rabbi Hart's arrival was palpable – not just within SVAJ – but also throughout the community. The model of a vital, inclusive, modern orthodox congregation will dramatically expand with Rabbi Hart’s leadership. He will draw on successful models implemented elsewhere and, with your input, create and build the kind of environment that you, your loved ones and friends will hunger to be a part of.
 
Many of your friends and neighbors have made financial commitments, small and large, to ensure that Rabbi Hart is unburdened by fiscal constraints. And now, as we look ahead to 5778, we ask that each of you pitch in, in whatever way possible, to help guarantee that the path to our predicted growth is unencumbered. Every contribution is valued, appreciated and will be gratefully acknowledged.
 
Keep in mind that SVAJ offers a flexible dues structure with lower membership fees than other synagogues in the area and has no building fund.
 
Still, revenue collected from membership dues represents less than 40% of the synagogue’s operating budget.
 
Many of you have contributed over and over again to our annual appeals on Yom Kippur. We ask that you join us in making an early commitment to the success of our new rabbi and our now bustling 60-year-old congregation by responding below by mail, by phone call to our office (847-674-3473) or visit our website, www.svaj.org. By doing so, you will help ensure the evolution that has already become a vital community resource. We look forward to seeing you at one or more of our minyans on the upcoming holidays.
 
L’Shana Tova to all,
 
David Rubin, Chairman
Rick Arons, President
Thu, December 14 2017 26 Kislev 5778