As we prepare to enter 5781, looking back, this has been a year like no other. It is hard to believe that since March we all have been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and the many challenges that have come with it. It is amazing how much we have been able to accomplish during such uncertain times. Your Kesher Israel Team hasn’t missed a beat finding ways to continue to engage, inspire and connect our community. During this tumultuous time, I hope you continued to feel a part of the wonderful community that is Kesher Israel.
While we come together for the High Holy Days, I want to remind you that we create community at KI every day of the year. We do so with Shabbat and holiday services, preschool, religious school, and our educational offerings. We celebrate together as a congregation for life cycle events – from brit milah through b’nai mitzvah, confirmations, weddings, and we support one another at times of sadness, at funerals and shivas. We share our values with our neighbors here and beyond when we take action through our work of Tikkun Olam-repairing the world.
Kesher Israel’s mission is to build a sacred community with the tools of Jewish tradition. Our vision of being a vibrant and inclusive community in which congregants at every stage of life can enjoy a deep relationship with God, community and one another. Your support sustains Kesher Israel because it is our Jewish home, and we know the importance of having a vital and vibrant Jewish institution in Chester County.
Our collective annual contributions do not fund all the work that we do, or cover all of the expenses that we incur each year. Therefore, I ask that you help by giving generously to our High Holy Day’s appeal. Many of you already go above and beyond, and I am very grateful for your support. All donations matter, whatever amount, so I ask that you consider even a small additional contribution. Of course, for those of you fortunate enough to be able, please consider giving at a higher level than in the past.
Thank you all for being part of our wonderful community and for all that you do to sustain us.