Annual High Holy Days Giving
This past year, we marked our family’s 40th anniversary as members of Congregation Temple Israel.
This congregation has been a vital and integral part of our family’s lives ever since joining.
Temple Israel is where we go to connect to our faith and our spirituality. We remember so proudly, many years ago, watching our son Evan play the shofar from the bimah on the High Holy Days when he was in Temple Israel’s youth group. Two years ago, he stood on the bimah again with his shofar in hand. This time, his own children were standing next to him while sharing in the shofar blessings they’ve learned at Deutsch Early Childhood Center, the Temple’s amazing preschool.
Not only do we find the adult education programs at Temple Israel meaningful, our children also have found tremendous opportunities for Jewish learning here. They’ve nurtured their Jewish identities in the Religious School and celebrated becoming B’nai Mitzvah and Confirmands. Our daughter Cary has long-lasting memories: “I’m so thankful to have had the amazing experience of growing up here at this temple. I’ve found
lifelong friends and formed my passion for giving back and doing mitzvot.”
Now, as adults, our children’s spouses have also become deeply invested in Temple Israel and enjoy sharing their talents with the congregation. Our son-in-law Jim serves on the Religious School staff and our daughter-in-law Amy on the preschool parent committee. Our son Steve’s wife, who was not raised in the Jewish faith, feels that she too has a welcoming place for their family to share in Jewish life. “As a Catholic who has married into a family of Jewish faith, I have always felt included here. Temple Israel has a strong community and I am happy to be a part of it in my own way.”
And our story continues. We have four grandchildren who enjoy the Temple’s Religious School program. The three youngest are engaged students, and Jill, our eldest granddaughter, serves as a madricha (teacher’s
assistant) and became a Confirmand at Temple Israel this past spring. Through our years as Board Trustees and committee members helping to jumpstart tikkun olam projects like the Temple’s partnership with Monroe Elementary School, and serving as congregational liaisons to other Jewish organizations, such as the Jewish Community Relations Council, Temple Israel has always helped us channel our family’s passion for social action. It’s a mitzvah, and it makes us proud that our congregation upholds this Jewish value.
Temple Israel is where we experience the values of Jewish learning, worship, and repair of the world, and where we, our children, and our grandchildren call home. Membership dues and tuition fees alone only cover 85% of the actual cost of what it takes to keep our congregation open and thriving.
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