Our synagogue needs your help. We have been blessed and lucky that our new building, the Fisher Educational and Cultural Building, has offered us incredible program space and allowed our congregation to grow both in numbers and in educational, spiritual, cultural and recreational activities. We are a dynamic flourishing community learning to successfully navigate space issues without compromising the quality of the programs we deliver to a diverse and growing congregational family. However, after 15 years of use our “new” building shows dramatic signs of wear and tear and, in some crucial places, systems breakdown. We have multiple building issues that must be fixed now. They are as follows:
- We need to replace the roof on the new building. Evidently seagull guano is very acidic and has burned through our asphalt roof shingles.
- We need to replace the walk-in-refrigerator condenser. After many costly repairs the condenser has finally died. (We are currently renting an upright refrigerator, which is located in the foyer). We plan to improve the ventilation and noise in the kitchen by placing the new condenser on the repaired building roof. This will aid in keeping the kitchen cooler and more comfortable for food preparation and serving.
- We must replace our heating and air ventilation system that has died. For the coldest days at the end of the winter this year we relied on baseboard heating, which was installed initially as a back-up to our heating system. Baseboard heating is highly inefficient and very expensive.
- We must replace the kitchen skylight that direly needs attention.
- We have masonry work on the far side of the sanctuary that now needs attention.
Thankfully, we received a significant gift from the estate of the well-respected and loved artist Anthony Thorn (born Arthur Goldman) from which we can draw to begin this much needed work. However, unless we replenish the amount needed for the building repairs we will entirely deplete our building contingency fund. As the proud stewards of a 155 year old, gem of a building, it would be highly imprudent for us to exhaust this fund and leave our synagogue in a very vulnerable financial position.
We have reached out to some of the congregants who helped us successfully raise funds to repair our sanctuary for the 150th anniversary renovations. Thanks to their generosity we have raised some $50,000. Our current goal is to match or surpass that amount so we can replenish the Arthur Thorn bequest, which is, in effect, our contingency fund. We are asking you to join with our other generous donors in being an Emanu-El Angel, and give as generously as you can to this emergency capital campaign. We know that these new items for the synagogue are not exciting enhancements but rather mundane and basic essentials. However, they are the ones that we need to keep our doors wide open and to do the remarkable work we do as a congregation.
We know that together we can do it!
Rabbi Harry & President Ruthi
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