Dear Shenk Community,
I write this letter to you as a way to open membership for the year 5780 (2019-2020). Through the last year, we have gone through several changes. Physically by having our ceiling and windows redone and properly restored to its original fashion, spiritually by the new appointment of Rabbi Matt LeVee and lastly with the addition of our hot kiddush initiative bringing hot delicious food each and every week.
The board has already begun discussing our calendar year and we hope to have not only more programming than we have had in years past, but new and unique events that our community hasn't seen in some time.
Ruthie Pollak, our children’s programming chair, has started a Tot Shabbat program and is looking to grow this to be a staple every week in our shul so parents are able to drop off their kids so that they may daven and know their children are in a safe warm environment with songs and games.
We hope to be having during the longer shabbotot a monthly seudat shlishit that will bring our community closer and will give more opportunity to meet new people as well. Our first one will be on September 14th and we look forward to seeing you all there. We also have a seudat shlishit scheduled on October 5th, featuring Rabbi LeVee’s Shabbat Shuva Drasha.
On September 22nd there will be a Sunday morning community davening and breakfast featuring a Town Hall Meeting that will give you the opportunity to ask questions to myself, our Vice President Sarah Porgess, and Rabbi LeVee.
Finally I can officially announce that for the first time ever, with your membership, you will be able to join us for free on Friday Night for Shabbat Dinner in the shul. This will be completely free for members and we hope to have all our members join us for the groundbreaking event.
With all these new initiatives announced (and hopefully more to come), we are also raising membership $10 across the board. We understand that a raise in membership may not be something to be excited for but I believe that you will 100% see the benefits more than you have in past years.
With hot kiddush every week, children’s programming, more frequent seudat shlishit, and a free Shabbat dinner, the board and I believe we have given tangible reasons to join our community and make it even greater than it already is. In keeping tradition of past years, membership comes with discounted pricing on all our events plus your Yom Kippur seat will be covered as well.
As always, no one will ever be excluded due to financial considerations. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly if you have questions or concerns about membership.
I look forward to seeing you all this upcoming year and am wishing you all a happy new year with health and happiness.
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