Here we are again, awaiting the arrival of spring with its promise of growth and renewal. It also marks the conclusion of this year’s Kol Nidre fundraising – a Jewish tradition that starts at High Holy Days and goes on until we have reached out to everyone. Part of our annual fundraising, the Kol Nidreappeal and our spring special event together constitute a major portion of our temple’s income and helps to keep our Sustaining Partnership suggested amount as low as possible.
Our goal has always been total participation of our member households (there are now over 420) as Kol Nidredonors. Last year, with fewer households, we had 63% participation. This year, with the increase in partner households, that percentage fell to fewer than 60% and we fell several thousand dollars short of our income projection. Perhaps our newer partners were not aware of the purpose of the Kol Nidre appeal and how much it is an important part of our (and most other) synagogues.
For those who did donate this year (see the Kol Nidre Honor Roll), please accept sincere thanks and appreciation. Your gift helps to assure a successful year and lays the groundwork for future growth.
Remember, our goal is participation by all at whatever amount you are comfortable with and, if everyone gives a little bit more next year, we will be on our way to financial stability. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact me through the temple office.
Special thanks to those who worked so diligently with the Kol Nidre Committee in making phone calls to those who may have forgotten to return their Kol Nidre pledge cards:
Patti Kresner, Linda Braun, Mike Heiberger, Stephen Levy, Mark Goldman, Cora Brettler, Stephanie Kellerman and Barbara Schenk
As always, we couldn’t have done anything without our diligent office staff. Thank you Irma, Lisa and Elaine.
Wishing all a very Happy Passover!