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A High Holiday Message from Sue Miller President of KTM

Dear Friends,

This is the fourth and final year that I have the honor and privilege of addressing you during the Rosh Hashanah season. This year feels very different from previous years. This past year I had great hopes for exciting programming, yom tov communal dinners and enthusiastic planning for the week’s worth of building dedication events.

I remain hopeful but more aware of how quickly things can change.  In this time of Covid-19 we are presented with a new reality. We come together to worship, but not as we previously had.  Our community is physically distancing, many of us remaining at home for much of the time, but we have committed to be communally together. We daven together but with many fewer fellow congregants around, whether it is out doors or on Shabbos at Kadimah.

The pandemic has been costly for us in many ways. During this week and culminating with Yom Kippur, we reflect on this past year, its challenges and how we faced them. We have lived with considerable uncertainty.

As a congregation we have great challenges and remarkable opportunities. Engagement with fellow congregants requires significant investment of time to reach out and maintain connections but also gives us the chance to learn about each other in a new and deeper ways. Our new building presents the challenge and the opportunity to envision how we will be comfortable and secure in our new space.

I know that each of you already practices philanthropy to support causes and issues that matter to you, and that philanthropy, at whatever level is meaningful to you, is an expression of your personal values. Our generosity expresses a valuable part of who we are as individuals and as a community. Giving is part of the answer to the foundational question about what kind of difference we can make.

Together with Yom Kippur’s communal confession, there is hope for rededication and a better year to come. In the next several months we will move into a new building. What the new Congregation Kadimah Toras Moshe will looks like depends on the willingness of all of us to step forward and pitch in with donations and true involvement through volunteer efforts.  Security concerns in our new building necessitate that members be willing to be trained; your generosity will help funding for hired security personnel. Whatever your interest, there is a committee or project or an event to help with. There is room for everyone to be meaningfully involved to build stronger programs and involvement and deepen the relationships between congregants. Please be especially generous with your donations and with your efforts on behalf of the community.

Looking forward to a bright, shining healthy year to come. Chuck and I wish you all and your families a sweet, healthy 5781 . Shanah tovah u’metukah.

 

Sue Miller

 

Wed, October 28 2020 10 Cheshvan 5781