And there are times when they all come at once. These last few months have been a roller coaster for many of us. As a nation, as a community. As most of you know my family has been dealing with serious illness and we have experienced some tragic losses of life within in our community. We have also welcomed new lives into our midst, celebrated wonderful life transitions. And in these last week’s Temple Beth Ami has been fortunate to be the beneficiaries of the largest donation in our history.
This past month Rosemary and David Watson generously paid off our entire mortgage. This unprecedented gift radically changes our financial picture. While we are still overly dependent on your membership support, and have never been the recipient of endowment funds, we now have a tremendous burden lifted from our shoulders.
This uncommon and unexpected gift gives us tremendous opportunity, but we hope it doesn’t have the unintended effect of creating complacency. On the contrary, we hope that this generosity motivates all of us to help make our community stronger, that we challenge ourselves to further acts of chesed/loving kindness.
One of the wonderful donations we also recently received was our new memorial board, installed in recent days. This powerful tribute was made possible by the generosity of Lori Litel, who dedicated this tribute in honor of her parents, Bernard and Florence Later, z"l. We will unveil the board at Shabbat Services, May 19th at 8 pm. Please contact Ofra in our offices if you have people you would like honored on the memorial wall.
We want to make sure that our community, our TBA family truly celebrates what being free from our mortgage means for us. Therefore, we are inviting everyone to join us for an “End of the School Year/Beginning of Summer/Mortgage Burning” BBQ at the temple immediately following our last Sunday School at 12 pm on May 21st.
Our Chai campaign goal to pay off all of our debt has been achieved! We especially want to recognize all those who have helped us thus far. It is part of what we hope will be a year of celebration, 30 years as a congregation, 20 years in our current facility, with a vision for even bigger things to come. We are planning an exciting evening celebration this fall, details will be following shortly.
Wishing everyone a wonderful season ahead.
Rabbi Mark Blazer