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President's Message - September 2019

Beth Shalom Members, 

Tikkun Olam: We have a sustained commitment to healing our world. Our Shabbat kiddush provides an opportunity for our seniors and others to socialize and celebrate Shabbat together. The synagogue provides help and support to our members as required. Our Rabbi and Ritual Coordinator visit the sick and the grieving and provide ongoing pastoral care. Congregants, often anonymously, donate generously when called upon to do so. As you are aware this year the months of Elul and Tishrei are a time for personal and congregational introspection, reflection, renewal and goal setting. It is a time to reflect on how we can make our synagogue life richer and more meaningful. In doing so we should consider the importance of Torah study, how we participate in Tikkun Olam and how we enhance the bricks and mortar where our Kehillah gathers.

TORAH: Our goal is to provide learning opportunities for every stage of Jewish life. Our Shabbat services are meaningful, well attended and encourage congregational participation. We believe we offer the finest religious and Adult Education programming in the Edmonton Jewish Community. Rabbi Steven Schwarzman and Bettina Schwarzman are settled in Edmonton and Rabbi Schwarzman’s spiritual leadership is being felt throughout our Kehillah. Beth Shalom is a good neighbour and in partnership with Temple Beth Ora is planning joint children’s programming for Hanukkah and Purim.

Bricks and Mortar: During the past year the monies raised during the 2018 High Holiday Appeal were used to renovate the lower chapel. This project has been successfully completed and we now have a modern, flexible chapel. It is a beautiful environment suitable for many events such as morning minyan, saying Kaddish, a bris, a baby naming, a bedeckin or a B’nai Mitzvah class. This significant improvement to our building was made possible because of your generosity and your financial support of the 2018 High Holiday Appeal. Thank you for making the lower chapel renovation a reality. It will enhance our spiritual lives for years to come.

2019 High Holiday Appeal: We appreciate and greatly value your tangible and ongoing commitment to Beth Shalom as demonstrated through your payment of annual membership dues and your generous contributions throughout the year. We are blessed to have the resources we require to operate Beth Shalom. Once again, at this time of year, I am asking you to contribute to our High Holiday Appeal campaign. Like last year, the monies raised during this appeal will go towards improving our bricks and mortar. Specifically, we are fundraising to replace the lighting in the upper sanctuary. The present lighting is inadequate, energy inefficient, and the tall buildings around us restrict the amount of natural light in the sanctuary making it much darker inside than it used to be. A brighter sanctuary is a stand-alone project that will be an improvement  

everyone will appreciate. As well it is an upgrade that will compliment other renovations that might be undertaken in the sanctuary. Please contribute to our High Holiday Appeal and make this upgrade a reality. Our goal is for greater membership participation in the 5780 High Holiday Appeal. Once again for those who have given so generously to our High Holiday Appeals thank you! Your contributions make a concrete difference to Beth Shalom! We are grateful for your past generosity and look forward to your ongoing support. If you have not given, in the past, please contribute! Beth Shalom is your shul. It is your Kehillah. Let your contribution to our upcoming High Holiday Appeal be a concrete contribution to this year’s project the upgrading, the lighting in the upper sanctuary at Beth Shalom.

L'Shana Tova to you and all of those you love.


Lana Black, President Beth Shalom























Thu, 17 October 2019 18 Tishrei 5780