Welcome from Rabbi Jonathan
From the introduction to Kol Nidre 2013/5774:
To you who were raised Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist, Renewal. To you who quit after Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah, bored out of your wits. To you who loved Hebrew School, and stuck around! To you Zionists, to you Socialists, to you Yiddishists, to you red-diaper babies, to you atheists. To you social activists, drawing on our tradition of social responsibility. To you spiritual seekers. To you not born Jewish who have chosen to be Jews. To you rediscovering your Jewish identity, to you sick of talking about it. Welcome.
And welcome to all you who are not Jewish, who love Judaism, and/or love particular Jews. You are our best allies, reminding us of the beauty in our culture when we see only the pain, supporting us to celebrate our lives as Jews.
We come from all manner of families. All kinds of backgrounds. All ages. The full range of sexual preferences and identities. All walks of life. And we gather here as Jews, to examine our lives, and celebrate our world. Welcome.
On behalf of our congregation, we ask you to give generously to our year-end appeal. We need your help. At this moment your gift means even more. Our membership dues only cover 50% of our annual expenses and this year’s High Holy Day appeal fell short of its goal. We spend each dollar with care and count on your full-hearted donations to keep our light reaching out.
Wishing you a year of light and thankfulness.