Spreading light for our Kehillah this Chanukah

Happy Chanukah!  We will soon celebrate Chanukah, the Festival of Lights and more than ever, we need the warmth of light and community.  The Festival of Lights calls upon us to commemorate the re-dedication of the Temple after the heroic struggle of the Maccabees over 2000 years ago.

Our celebration prompts us to think about our dedication to Kehillah Synagogue and the vibrant community that we are all building.  As one member has shared, “Kehillah is my spiritual home, but it also educates and engages me in the community at-large.  Kehillah has added immeasurably to the quality of my life.”

As we know, the pandemic has impacted all of us, and many of you have been providing warmth and light ever since it began. Thankfully, 43 members generously contributed to our Covid 19 appeal raising $20,000 for our operations.  Although the pre-school re-opened in June, our enrollment for it and our religious school, which is virtual, continues to be less than budgeted.  These diminished enrollments directly impact Kehillah’s operating income.

As we consider the Festival of Lights and the many gifts that Kehillah has given to us, we encourage you to do so as well—marking life events, educating our children, and caring for each other in times of need.  We invite you to join us in making a gift to our Chanukah Appeal.  Whether we meet in person or virtually, your generous gifts will enable us to continue our diverse programs, ritual services, social action initiatives, and so much more.

Last year, for the 3rd year in a row, Marion and Stan Robboy matched every gift received dollar-for-dollar.  A few other members provided matching gifts, too.  Thanks to them and the 43% of our congregants who contributed, we raised $92,316!  We must exceed that amount this year to minimize the impact of lower revenue from KJP and the religious school.

At the beginning of this year, the Robboy’s said they were not going to do a dollar-for-dollar match in 2020.  But, once they realized the impact of the pandemic, they said, “Count us in, we will match dollar-for-dollar again!”  We are pleased to tell you that this year eight other congregant families will also be matching. We are grateful to Julie Harris and Etan Gumerman, Andy Werden, Bryna and Greg Rapp, Elaine Bolle and Lester Levine, Jay Greenberg, Angela and Marty Rosenberg, Jen Weinberg-Wolf and Jon Miller, and one anonymous donor, for their commitments to match your Chanukah donation up to a collective total of $27,500!

Please join us in thanking the Robboy’s and the other Kehillah members who are matching, by generously contributing to the Chanukah appeal today.



Miriam Braunstein, President and Mary Lawrence, CEO