As we continue to adapt and address in an ever-changing pandemic landscape, we need to be prepared for anything—the path of return remains challenging and new obstacles continue to emerge. The recent spate of antisemitic attacks and the greater breakdown of the social fabric they represent, require renewed focus on security—a safe and secure spiritual home in which to practice our Judaism with pride and join together as a community is more important now than ever.
We are also committed to building on the lessons we have learned from the challenges of the pandemic and are continuing to innovate to improve our service to the community. Addressing the needs of members of all ages and life-stages will continue to require investment even after we return to “normal” functioning. Continued investment in technology, outdoor spaces, enhanced staff, and a variety of programming and spiritual approaches will be a must as we move into the future. To truly be the synagogue we strive to be and address the needs of a diverse population, we not only need to “return” to what we did before but to fill the cracks that we can now see more clearly. This will require a budget at least as big as last year’s.
As our tradition teaches, giving tzedakah is an essential part of the High Holiday process—“teshuva, tefillah and tzedakah avert the evil decree.” With your support, we avoided breaking under the weight of the last year, but there are still cracks and areas in which we can improve.
This year we will once again be running a paperless campaign without pledge cards at holiday services. To make your pledge online, please see below. You can also call the office and one of the staff will be glad to help you with your pledge.
Westchester Jewish Center welcomes your contribution to any of our listed funds.