Kol Nidre Appeal – 5774 – On the Importance of Making Your Spiritual Investment – Many months ago, Rabbi Mintz, Cantor Goldberg along with members of our Congregation began the planning of these High Holiday services.
For me, as the new president of Congregation P’nai Tikvah, I started agonizing over my role, knowing that I would be standing in front of you now to address the Kol Nidrei appeal. I am not alone, as thousands of other presidents are standing in front of their congregations, right now, trying to find the right words, the right balance, asking for donations just before we begin a holy evening and the chanting of the Kol Nidrei, a juristic declaration in a holy Court of law before G-d.
It is not an easy task. I kept searching for the right words, the right tone. I even considered asking you, the Congregation, what should I say that you could see and hear the passion in my voice and the love that I have for this shul and its members, as this shul and its members are quite unique.
A spiritual investment…that is what my appeal to you is all about… your spiritual investment— your participation in our programs and services, our reaching out to one another and to those in need, and the sense of warmth and caring that makes this congregation special—-this all comes from a spiritual investment that we each make. And the payoff is the feeling of rejuvenation that comes with the joy of our Shabbat services, the beauty of Havdallah under the stars, the stimulation from Retreats, the delight of our children’s Jewlicious Learning, the comforting sounds of our Chazzan’s voice, and the excitement and intellectual challenge of our Torah study with the Rabbi—we cannot do it without you. And your financial investment in this holy community allows our Congregation to provide the many services that makes a difference in our lives.
Shimon (the son of Rabban Gamliel) says: It is not what one says but rather what one does that makes all the difference in the world. (Pirkei Avot ).
Between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Judaism sets aside a period of reflection when we as individuals have asked ourselves what can I do to make a difference in the coming year? If everyone, every one, makes a personal commitment to participate in our very special community to the best of his or her ability, what a difference we all can make! And if everyone, every one, makes a generous contribution from the heart—-no matter the amount, we will, together, make ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD.
Each of you has a card with tabs to fold; please open it now, make sure your name is correct, turn down the tab indicating your contribution, and pass it to the ushers in the aisles. Every contribution will be greatly appreciated.
And thank you to those who have already made pledges, your spiritual commitment and generous donations from the heart.
May this new year bring peace to our world, good health and long life to you and your loved ones.
Together, hand in hand, we can make a difference.
Congregation P’nai Tikvah Board President