CONGREGATION B'NAI JACOB

of Park Slope

CBJ

Dear Friends:

We are in the process of preparing our annual Fundraising Journal/Calendar, which will be available for wide distribution before Rosh Hashanah.  As you know, the income from the ads, large and small, that are purchased by both businesses and individuals alike, are a vital source of revenue for the shul.  

This has been a difficult time for everyone. For the first time ever, CBJ was not able to offer services to the community. Holiday services had to be cancelled or curtailed. In spite of this, the Rabbi and the synagogue did all that was possible to keep the community connected through pre-Shabbat Zoom meetings and Zoom classes. An on-line Shavuot event was created, complete with learning guide.  There was a cholent challenge. An on-line Challah class for women was held. Every attempt was made to keep the community together.

This pandemic had brought financial hardship to everyone. Our donations are down considerably.  

We need your help **now** so that the shul can remain the beacon of light in Park Slope that it has been for over three decades. Hundreds of Jews – and many non-Jews as well – have passed through our doors, availing themselves of a welcoming atmosphere where they have joined with the daily minyanim, attended Shabbat and Holy Day services, taken Jewish studies courses, shared friendly Shabbat meals, enjoyed holiday parties and Passover Seders, remembered their departed loved ones with Kaddish, and felt the happiness and the pride of being part of our spiritual community, whose effects reach beyond the boundaries of Park Slope. 

Without the generosity of our congregants and friends near and far, this would simply not be possible, and we need your help now more than ever!

As we move into the month of Elul in anticipation of the Days of Awe, there is no more appropriate time, or better way to prepare for the new year to come than by giving Tzedakah. Please make your own gifts, and  encourage friends, family, businesses, and colleagues to place ads in the Annual Fundraising Journal/Calendar. We look forward to the time when we will once again be able to provide events and services on a full scale and schedule.

Our Sages recognized the importance of the synagogue, calling it a “mikdash me’at” – a small Beis-Hamikdosh, a miniature Holy Temple. In the merit of your generous support of OUR  “mikdash me’at” may you merit to see, with your own eyes, the building of the Third Beis-Hamikdosh in Jerusalem, the coming of Moshiach and the end of all suffering and tribulations.


Best wishes,

Emery Leventhal

Emery Leventhal,

President