Annual Appeal


Sustaining Our Vibrant Community

August 2016 – Av 5776

Dear Friends:

Sanctuary. In a turbulent time, Temple Emanuel is a sanctuary of hope and strength.

More than ever, we all need that sanctuary. After Orlando, Minnesota, Dallas, Baton Rouge, and Nice, France, all in the past few months, after a long and bitter political season, we all need a sanctuary-a space that is safe, that renews, that leaves you with more strength, energy and determination when you leave than when you enter. The author of Psalm 27 gives voice to this yearning for sanctuary:

One thing I ask of Adonai-for this I yearn:
To dwell in the House of Adonai all the days of my life.

Our sanctuary is a space for joy, the bride and groom who start their life together, their parents beaming that their adult child has found a beloved to walk with in life.

Our sanctuary is a space for the transmission of values, the Bar or Bat Mitzvah whose family members also read Torah to celebrate the arrival of a new Jewish adult.

Our sanctuary is a space for finding resilience, the person reeling from the loss of a loved one, who finds anchoring, centering, and strength by saying Kaddish at our daily minyan.

Our sanctuary is a space where we commit to making a difference on issues of social justice, whether a blood drive, a coat drive, supporting a food kitchen, helping the poor, Jewish and not-Jewish, in greater Boston.

Our sanctuary is a space where we stand with, think about, and celebrate the miracle and the complexity of the State of Israel.

We are a sanctuary to a large, growing and splendidly diverse community-different politics, different economics, different ages and stages. We can be that sanctuary because of our Annual Appeal, which sustains us, providing 25% of our annual budget.

We especially need our warm and inclusive sanctuary this year, a place that brings out the best in all of us and brings us all together. In a world of incivility and insecurity, we offer inspiration and hope for the future.

Please give as generously as you can. Thank you for your continued generosity which keeps our sanctuary open and inviting to all of us 365 days a year.

Shana tovah u’metukah,

Rabbi Wes Gardenswartz
Stuart Cole, President
Amy B. Klein, Co-Chair of Annual Appeal
Adam Suttin, Co-Chair of Annual Appeal

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