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Last Few Days to Donate to Central’s Annual Appeal

May 20, 2020

In this time of unprecedented change and uncertainty, we have never felt more certain of the critical role that Judaism plays in bringing comfort and meaning to our days. Central Synagogue was well positioned to succeed in this crisis because of the past generosity of our members and friends, which enabled us to have the staff team, the infrastructure, and the resources to respond nimbly and creatively as the world changed, but there is much more to do in the coming months. We hope that, if you are able and have not already done so, you will donate now to the 2019-2020 Yom Kippur Appeal, which makes all of our important work possible. This year’s campaign will close on May 31.

We have never been more proud of the Central team in their response to this crisis. Shabbat and Passover celebrations, virtual worship and study sessions, even Counting the Omer, have taken on a new significance this year and reminded us all of the durability and relevance of our tradition. Hundreds of members now connect to us on a daily basis, with thousands more joining for Shabbat and holidays. Central’s Clergy team has offered new ways of mourning and gathering family and friends for comfort and remembrance. We have taken advantage of new opportunities to come together, as we are invited into each other’s living rooms for Clergy coffees, learning sessions, meditation, and worship. Even in this time of social distance, we are finding ways to feel connected as a community.

Through all of this, we continue to be buoyed by the heartfelt gratitude you have shared with us, and we thank you. We wanted to share just a few beautiful responses we have received:

“The (memorial) service … was the most incredible gift you could have given to me and to our whole family…. I hope someday, long after I am gone, my daughters will be showing this service to their grandkids.”

“LCLJ’s programming offered to students of all ages easily surpasses a number of ongoing schools…. In addition, we love the daily Hebrew lessons, which have allowed our daughter to continue to feel connected to LCLJ.”

“There is no question that the number of lives you, the Clergy, and staff are touching every day make a huge difference in how we come out of this on the other side!”

We hope you share in the pride of reading these words. We know that there is more uncertainty ahead, and that many in our community have already been deeply affected by this pandemic. It is at times like these that we rely on the power of our sacred community more than ever, drawing strength in our ability to stand shoulder to shoulder together, even if we must find new virtual ways to do so.

Thank you for your support.