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High Holiday Appeal 5779

August 22, 2018

Dear Ohev Friends and Neighbors,

In the months of Elul and Tishrei, we begin to think about the year ahead and our hopes for our families and community. It is a time of both personal and communal awakening. As the shofar blows, we are called upon to do better, to be better. We stand together, we confess together, and we aspire together.

This year, we want to highlight the concept of Areivut — deeds of personal and communal responsibility. Kohelet says that “Two are better than one, for they get a greater return for their labor. For should they fall, one can lift the other; but woe to him who is alone when he falls and there is no one to lift him!” That sense of responsibility is never more vital to a community than when we are challenged.

We have seen acts of areivut in members of our community who have supported families in need when they immigrated to the United States. The shul assumed responsibility for the growing movement of female clergy in the Orthodox community, even in the face of opposition. We saw areivut only weeks ago during our shul’s trip to Ukraine when members of our community personally reburied the bones of victims in a desecrated Jewish cemetery and in the remnants of an extermination camp.  

Ohev Sholom looks to us, the members, to be the vehicle for areivut. From the evolving children’s programming to the forming of a seniors’ committee, from the volunteerism for happy and sad moments, to the maintenance of our own cemetery, we must join together to support each other and our community.

Our shul gives so much to us and we must continue to give back in every way we can. In the days and weeks ahead, as we prepare for the yamim noraim, please consider a gift to the High Holiday Appeal. Every gift is a meaningful contribution to our communal responsibility no matter the size, but please participate with as much as you are able.

On behalf of our family—including our three children, who have grown up in this amazing community—thank you from the bottom of our hearts. They say it takes a village and we have the best village around.

L’Shana Tova Tikatevu,
Andrew and Nadine Binstock

 

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