Dear Members of Kahal Chaverim,
I hope today finds you happy and healthy!
As you may know, we recently met for our annual Midyear Meeting. Although we had several difficult topics to discuss, it is my sincere hope that everyone felt their voices were heard at the meeting. As I listened to fellow congregants’ comments, concerns, and suggestions, I was struck by a few simple facts. One, we are a diverse group of people, with diverse interests and opinions. Two, even in the middle of opinionated discussions, members worked hard to respect one another’s viewpoints. And three, people care deeply about the success and ongoing future of Kahal Chaverim. While we may be facing certain challenges as a congregation, we have a strong foundation upon which to continue building for the future and a dedicated group of people who want to see Kahal Chaverim succeed.
To this end, I want to take a moment and thank a very special member of Kahal Chaverim. After hearing about our financial difficulty, one of our members and I spoke extensively on the phone about our situation. Believing in our mission and taking action where possible, this member graciously donated $5,000 to Kahal Chaverim. This wonderful gift goes a long way to help our congregation reach financial stability. On behalf of the congregation, I thank you for your support and generous donation!
An additional type of support came from members of the congregation in attendance at the meeting. As I spoke about the need for members to “step-up” and help out the congregation beyond making suggestions, people took this to heart and volunteered their time, interest, and expertise in support of Kahal Chaverim. While I will be reaching out to these people in a separate communication, if you were not at the meeting, please feel free to contact me if you have an idea on how to help Kahal Chaverim AND you are willing to put in the time to see your idea come to fruition.
Whether you donate time or money, for Kahal Chaverim to succeed, we need everyone to participate in one manner or another.
Thank you again to everyone who attended the meeting, to those who volunteered their services, and to our member who generously donated money to our congregation.
If you are interested in attending our next Board meeting, it will be at the Miller and Boewe house, Tuesday, February 18, starting at 7:30 pm. (You may contact me directly for directions. Also, please note, for those with allergies, we have a cat and a large dog).