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Annual Appeal

Support Beth Emeth, So We Can Support You

The Congregation Beth Emeth Annual Appeal is the primary fundraising effort used to balance the financial needs of the synagogue with what is received from member dues. This campaign of voluntary giving provides the single greatest source of non-dues income, and enables Beth Emeth to continue to be a warm and welcoming full-service Conservative synagogue even during the COVID-19 pandemic at the start of the 2020-21 (5781) year, is "Being Apart, Standing Together."

While the Annual Appeal is something that we are familiar with, this year we've stepped it up. No reason to spend another night seeing what's on Netflix, instead tune in online Sunday, August 30th @ 7PM as we launch this year's Annual Appeal with an hour of music by Honey County. And did we mention that Beth Emeth’s own Dani Rosner founded Honey County?

Receiving high praise from Rolling Stone; Honey County plays gigs alongside Lady A and Old Dominion; and receives heavy airplay for singles like "Love Someone," "High on the Radio," and "Los Angeles." Their song "Cigarette” is featured on Kevin Costner's Yellowstone TV series. Check them out at  www.honeycounty.com .

Dani is part of a long-time Beth Emeth member family, and she was in our 2000 confirmation class. Dani was active in USY and has super fond memories of CBE before she moved out west for her professional music career. She is honored to support our Annual Appeal with a private concert as she considers us part of her family.

The Annual Appeal is important. As you can imagine, expenses don't stop adding up just because the building is locked up. The Annual Appeal raises the necessary funds that bridge the gap between our dues and our expenses. This year's annual goal is $155,000. We are excited to share this kickoff event as a start to meeting that goal.

 

It is a pleasure to welcome Dani (in the center of the photo) home in this way. More information and access to the concert on August 30 are at www.bethemeth.org/honeycountyconcert. Paul Moskowitz will host the concert. Paul has emceed a number of our events in the past and we are sure it will be an hour not to miss. Every member who donates will receive an appreciation gift sponsored by Gail and Bob Shor.  
 
Mark your calendars for Sunday, August 30th from 7 to 8 PM. Have your popcorn ready. It's sure to be a special night for the whole family. 


From Rabbi Michelle "Mina" Goldsmith

Serving the Community

As a rabbi, I receive inquiries on a regular basis from people who are interested in learning about Judaism. I always recommend a few books for them to start with, including To Life! by Harold S. Kushner; Jews, God, & History by Max Dimont; A Dictionary of Jewish Words; Celebrate! The Complete Jewish Holidays Handbook by Lesli Koppelman Ross; and a siddur. In this way, students are introduced to Jewish thinking, history, holidays, vocabulary, as well as Jewish liturgical practice and theology. Sometimes people are surprised when I suggest that they start their Jewish journey with a prayerbook. Each time, I explain to them that the siddur contains the hopes and wishes for the Jewish people. By carefully reading the words we can see what was deemed important to our ancestors, what they wanted us to deem important, and how their relationship to God, each other, and their fellow human beings is a roadmap for how we are supposed to behave in life.

This becomes especially clear in the “Prayer for those Who Serve the Community.” In this short petition we ask that God bless the entire congregation and all other congregations “along with those who devote themselves to establish synagogues for prayer, as well as those who enter them to pray, and those who provide for their maintenance, wine for Kiddush and Havdalah, food for guests, bread for the hungry, tzedakah for the poor, and shelter for the homeless; and all who faithfully devote themselves to the needs of this community and the Land of Israel.” 

With a few short sentences we see laid out the purpose of a synagogue – a place to gather together in prayer, to welcome guests, to learn about and engage in acts of gemilut hasadim/lovingkindness and the mitzvah of tzedakah, caring for those who are downtrodden, taking care of our Jewish community, our local community, and those far away who also need our help. It is a prayer asking God to bless those who make a synagogue a true kehillah kedoshah – holy community by working together for the betterment of all.

The words and message about the importance of synagogue, our wish for what synagogue is supposed to be as described in this invocation is timeless. Over the last many months of enforced isolation, we have learned more than ever the importance of community, of having a place to come together (remotely or in person), to help each other during difficult times, to celebrate during times of joy, and to work together to help improve life for ourselves and those around us.
 
As a rabbi I have the privilege of serving my community. But as this prayer teaches us, every single member of our synagogue, by being a member and offering your financial assistance and volunteer power, is also serving our community. Thank you to every single one of you for your service to our beloved Congregation Beth Emeth. Without your assistance the community, that I have worked so hard for and devoted myself to for over seven years, would not exist or continue to exist. I am grateful to you all for making this community one I am proud to serve along with all of you, who also serve. Thank you, and may God indeed bless each and every one of you.

Shanah tovah u’metukah!  May you have a happy and sweet new year!


From President Leslie Lesch

While our new fiscal year at Beth Emeth starts out under trying and unprecedented circumstances, we are a strong community and I am confident that we will come through it with flying colors. In order for us to persevere in these hard times we will need your help. As you know, dues and fees only cover a portion of our operating expenses every year. We depend on monies raised through fundraising activities to cover approximately 10% of our operating costs annually. And this year our finances will be even more stressed than normal. Some revenue streams (like High Holiday ticket sales) will not exist and others will be diminished like our expectation of lower enrollment in BEECC during this on-going pandemic.

We have a two-pronged fundraising goal this year. In addition to our monetary goal of $155,000, we also are setting a participation goal of 75%. Last year slightly fewer than 50% of our families contributed to our annual fundraising efforts. I implore each of you to give where you are comfortable to support our home here at CBE. Whether that is $1, $18, or $5400 – every single penny counts. Help us to reach our goals and have a successful 5781 here at Beth Emeth!

See you “around” the shul!
Leslie


Next Gen Leaders (under 36 years old)

Don’t Throw Away Your Shot!

Some of you grew up as part of the Beth Emeth Community; some have moved here as a single or a young family and joined our Community. All of us, though, have sought support, or connection, or education within the CBE community. There have been a number of unprecedented challenges in 2020, and during these past difficult months Beth Emeth has been here for all of us:  providing opportunities for spiritual growth; providing companionship in these isolating times; providing entertainment (at a distance).  It’s been financially challenging for everyone, yet CBE will always be here with your help. 
 
Our goal is 100% participation—and the NextGen group holds a special category.  Please consider donating a minimum of $36 to help Beth Emeth continue and evolve to meet the needs of our Community from our youngest members to our seniors.  That’s less than cost of the annual Disney+ subscription you considered purchasing in order to watch Hamilton before your friend graciously shared their password. As Alexander Hamilton/Lin-Manuel Miranda sang:

I am not throwing away my shot!
I am not throwing away my shot!
Hey yo, I’m just like my country
I’m young, scrappy and hungry
And I’m not throwing away my shot!


Todah Rabah & Thank You
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or Your Generous Donations!


% of Member Families Participating

1%

Recognition Levels

Dorshim (Visionaries)... $7,200 & up
Shomrim (Guardians)... $5,400 - $7,199
Double Century Chai..... $3,600 - $5,399
Kesef (Silver)................. $2,500 - $3,599
Century Chai................. $1,800 - $2,499
Chalutzim (Pioneers).... $1,000 - $1,799
Adonim (Experts).......... $720 - $999

Bonim (Builders)............ $540 - $719
Nadivim (Patrons).......... $360 - $539
Chaverim (Friends)........ $180 - $359
Tomchim........................ Under $180
Next Gen Leadership - New!
(age 36 and under)....... $36 and up

We recognize and thank you for your Annual Appeal donations. As a small token of our appreciation, your name(s) will be listed on our attractive lobby display for the coming year (unless you request your donation to be anonymous.)

Sat, August 8 2020 18 Av 5780