The difficult choices of closing a persistent budget deficit with a combination of revenue increases, top to bottom expense reviews, modest labor expense reductions, and an improved collection of dues via FACT allows your elected board to do what it must. These actions are not taken lightly, but with tremendous deliberation and debate. We owe this to our community and our Rabbi.
I believe our collective goals must be to have a firm financial foundation that will allow our spiritual guide, Rabbi Blazer, to be active inside our temple and in our community. We need Judaism to thrive in Santa Clarita. There is no price on our ability to educate our children and influence our community with mitzvah, to grow our temple and practice our religion free of financial constraint or concern. As we move forward in the New Year, it is my hope that we all embrace our temple and our goals and in the process pursue our dreams.
Our Chai Campaign, where we ask for voluntary tzedakah aimed at reducing and eventually eliminating the facilities mortgage debt by raising funds voluntarily from our members, sponsors and community, and give us greater financial flexibility as we reduce monthly interest expenses. We do not collect separate facility dues like most churches and temples. We rely on volunteers, and we have faith that our members and sponsors will be contributing in large and small amounts to the Chai Campaign to burn our mortgage, clearing out our debt and providing more opportunities for programs and mitzvot and ultimately setting us in a better financial position to build our new temple one day.
I ask that you understand, cooperate and participate in this difficult but hopeful endeavor going forward. The future is bright if we all pull together with a common goal.
President, Board of Trustees