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High Holiday Appeal 5778

Dear Friends,

My name is Daniel Silverberg and it is my privilege to be the newly elected President of our congregation. With this role comes the great responsibility of helping to ensure that that our synagogue continues to thrive. In this context, I now turn to you and ask for your help in contributing to our High Holiday Appeal.

Over 45 families have already contributed as part of our annual giving campaign. To you, we say: Thank you for your unending support. For all those who have not yet contributed, here is why you should:

Our synagogue is an amazing place. We all take advantage of the tremendous gifts that our synagogue bestows upon us. But our synagogue needs your support.

Take a moment to think about what has happened in our community since last Rosh Hashanah.

  • Community: Multi-generational faces fill the pews of the sanctuary on a weekly basis; the social hall is packed during many Shabbat lunches and s’machot; we celebrated together on so many occasions.

  • Youth: Our full time Youth & Family Programs Director Lisa Redisch created the Pickle Minyan, a special Youth Shpiel, and Tot Seudat Shelishit; more children are participating in Shabbat groups than ever before; and our after school enrichment program, Shorashim, continues to shine. This year nearly 100 children and teens spent their summer with Camp Kibbutz.

  • Programming: Whether it be Pauline's: Vehicle for Good, our visit to a church in Maryland that had been victimized by hate speech, or the more than 100 people from our community that traveled for an unforgettable Shabbat in Selma, Alabama, our programming is cutting-edge and committed to transforming the world for the better. The Agam Center and Mikvah Chaim provide spiritual support and programming for women, our monthly book club enlightens, and we continue to offer a wide variety of Torah classes that inspire and educate.

  • Clergy: Rabbi Shmuel and Maharat Ruth continue to inspire and spiritually nourish us with their vision and Torah lessons on deeply personal and hard-hitting issues.

  • Staff: Our Executive Director, Sarah Shapiro, and the dedicated OSTNS staff and volunteers have worked tirelessly over the past year to support the shul’s growth and to maintain our building, rolling out a new website and financial management system through ShulCloud.

We set our dues at a very minimal level (less than 15% of our budget) in order to ensure membership is accessible to all. Therefore, our High Holiday appeal is necessary to meet the rest of the budget and we look to you to invest in our year ahead. Thank you for contributing your energy and your financial resources to ensure that Ohev Sholom remains a vibrant and thriving congregation.

I wish you a ketivah v’chatimah tova.

Daniel Silverberg, President

Make your High Holiday Appeal Donation Online or send a check to Ohev Sholom High Holiday Appeal, 1600 Jonquil Street NW, Washington, DC 20012.

Sat, August 19 2017 27 Av 5777