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Congregation Beth Sholom | Modern Orthodox Synagogue | Rochester, NY

President's Message - January 2015

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Imagine…

Imagine a place where every person feels at home

You have just imagined Congregation Beth Sholom

Since its beginning in 1928, Congregation Beth Sholom has provided religious, social, and educational opportunities, for a large and energetic family of members. The spiritual home that the founders created lives on, because of devoted members, Rabbi Kilimnick, Rabbi Avi, and the staff. This achievement is the result of imagination and dedication.

The success of the Beth Sholom community now demands changes in the building’s structure. We are excited to begin a new facilities improvement project. It’s time to update the most frequently used room in our building, our lobby area, which is adjacent to the daily chapel, main kitchen, and bathrooms.

With efficient use of existing space in mind, our goal is to create a contemporary, flexible multi-function room. This high-impact renovation will allow for increased use of the lobby area. It will be ideal for daily events, Shabbos and Yom Tov events, family simchas, as well as a range of social and educational activities for all age groups. We will create an adaptable space to ensure that the facility will be utilized to its fullest.

In general, the lobby project consists of the transformation of the walls with decorative and durable wood paneling, drywall and moldings, the installation of a digital projection system and large screen, the total renovation of the Men’s Room, the construction of a new maintenance closet, and the creation of a new two-person ritual washing station. The area will be attractive, welcoming, comfortable and functional.

The project budget is $40,000. We are fortunate to have an anonymous matching funds donation of $20,000, which is in escrow. This matching funds offer is valid for 120 days, beginning November 25, 2014. Consequently, we need to raise an additional $20,000 by February 25, 2015. If this goal is not met, each donation, including the anonymous donor’s gift, will be returned in full.Please contribute your tax deductible gift as soon as possible. It would be wonderful if you could donate $100 or more. All donations are welcomed and valued. Donations can be made to honor family members, friends, memories of loved ones, or as permanent reminders of simchas. All donations will be appropriately recognized.

We know that you are committed to Congregation Beth Sholom. We hope that you will imagine with us and make the “lobby” renovation a reality. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Jonathan S. Weissman

President, Congregation Beth Sholom

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 January 2015 11:39 )  

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