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Annual Fund 21-22



Dear Or Shalom community,

It’s that time of the year again! We fast forward from the Jewish New Year and suddenly Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching . . . and this year Hannukah will begin right on the edge of that holiday weekend. As I think about this holiday of light in winter’s darkness, it strikes me that Or Shalom has been a true light to so many of us through the “winter” of the pandemic.   

Read Or Shalom’s weekly newsletter and you see a community rich with activities: Shabbat services, holiday celebrations, sanctuary work, interfaith projects, juicy Torah learning, efforts to protect our democracy, and more. We celebrate B’nai Mitzvot. We mourn our losses. We have continued to come together whether in person or virtually through the past pandemic months and will continue to do so. 

This year as we ask you to give, our circumstances are more difficult than ever before. We ask you now to shine your light of support back to Or Shalom, even as the community has been a light in so many ways during this challenging time. We’ve had extensive staff changes. We’ve moved, been remote, borrowed space and will likely move yet again. We realize this all creates uncertainty—and let’s face it, no one loves that—but with your support we are driving toward stability and, yes, growth! What has not changed is that we are a caring and inspiring community and we have one another.

As individuals, we join OS for different reasons, seeking different levels and types of engagement and personal support. As a community, it is our collective financial support that makes it possible for OS to meet the needs of such a diverse group of people. In fact, our hope is that our Annual Fund outpaces our membership fees at a rate that allows us to drive down the barriers to entry and give way to an even more inclusive Jewish community. (Stay tuned for more on that.)

Please join me and our Board in supporting Or Shalom through our Annual Fund campaign with a donation that is personally meaningful to you. Together we will meet current and future challenges and see your participation—big and small—as a call to keep this community alive and well. If you cannot give financially but can be generous with your time, this is also appreciated!

You all bring such gifts to our community, and we are all better for it. Thank you for being a continuing source of inspiration and light!

With love and gratitude,
Meryl Bennan
Or Shalom, Vice President
Thu, December 2 2021 28 Kislev 5782