High Holidays Appeal Talking Points for Congregational Leadership
Important points to consider in your appeal presentations.
Being a part
of a synagogue community at the High Holidays often provides our members with a
sense of comfort. Particularly this
year, with wars continuing in Iraq and Afghanistan, with the threat of
hurricanes once again dominating the evening news and newspaper headlines, and
of course with economic uncertainty, our
synagogues will continue to play an important role in the lives of our members.
are already feeling the impact of these challenging economic times, we hope
that you will still see your High Holiday fundraising Appeal is an important
opportunity. As congregational leaders,
we need to do our best to insure the fiscal viability of our congregations
during such challenging times. As our members feel most connected to our
synagogue community during these Days of Awe, it is also a time when they have
also been most generous in providing financial support.
are one or more important points to consider in your Appeal presentations:
Acknowledge the financial crisis
and that there are those affected among the membership. Articulating the
challenges we all face in a difficult economy creates a sense of community
and can be a welcome reminder for congregants , even in challenging times,
we have much for which to be thankful;
There are members of our
congregations who might be experiencing little or no impact from the
economic crisis. As our tradition teaches that we are all responsible for
one another, ask those who are able can to give more than they might
normally have given. Stress that the synagogue needs to always be there,
particularly in these challenging times and that our collective action as
part of this High Holiday Appeal will insure this;
The synagogue is a world in
itself -- our extended Jewish family, our community of friends. It is a
world small enough to allow each one of us to exercise a measure of
influence, unlike the outside world, which sometimes seems to be spinning
out of control. By supporting our synagogue, you can literally be the
change you wish to see in the world.
The synagogue is the place we turn
for solace during difficult times such as these. What a privilege it is to
have the opportunity to do God's work by helping to ensure that those
around us can find that solace. If we don't step up when our sacred
community needs us, it won't be there for us when we need it.
There is unique satisfaction in
seeing your charitable giving go to good, concrete use close to home. This
money will help you, your family and your friends directly by keeping the
synagogue community strong and vibrant. It will be used this year, not
someday far in the future. It isn't going to disappear mysteriously from a
balance sheet. It is an investment of pure love.
Contribute more to the High
Holiday Appeal this year if you are in a position to do so, so that we can
provide a welcoming and supportive to community to all current and
potential members seeking Jewish communal identity here -- even if they
are unable to pay full dues and have needed to ask for dues relief,
perhaps for the first time in their lives.
We rely on each other to share our strengths with those who are
weaker at the moment. Members help
each other and their community. Be
a member and a mensch. Give more to
the High Holiday Appeal if you can, so that those who cannot do so this
year can still be encouraged to be part of this menschlich place.