President’s Message

A Message from the President

Passover 2022/5782
 
Dear Congregants, Families, and Friends of RTPV,
 
After a long winter, made worse because of isolation and so many other issues resulting from Covid, it seems that spring is bringing some respite. A majority of the population is vaccinated, the current strains, while more contagious, are not as deadly and that means we are venturing out more as the weather gets warmer and the winter blues begin to pass.
 
We again have in-person services at the temple, led by Rabbi Andrew R. Sklarz, DD, MSW, MA and Chazzanit Annice Benamy, and we will continue to offer a Zoom option. We are looking forward to being able to socialize more, and to that end, we have added adult education, movie nights, and unique experiences to our schedule.
 
Passover will soon be here…with its promise of liberation and freedom, so this is a beautiful time of year. Unfortunately, things are not so rosy for our small, but wonderful temple community. I am writing to you because we are struggling and need your help. We are asking that you consider a Passover gift to RTPV. You can visit our website to donate at www.RTPV.org or mail a check to PO Box 232, Putnam Valley, NY 10579. A check is preferable as it will save processing fees. Our pledge card (attached) enables you to make a gift in honor of, or in memory of, a cherished family member or colleague, and we will notify their family when you provide an email address.
 
Although we have only begun meeting inside the temple recently, the expenses did not diminish while we were closed. We needed to keep some electricity and heat on to prevent pipes from freezing in the cold weather. We also had an expensive emergency repair of a drainpipe under our parking lot that chipped away at our savings.
 
The income that we count on from dues has not kept up with our expenses. Even with generous donations from congregants and friends, we are operating at a deficit that will be remedied by a successful Passover Appeal and retention of current members.
 
It is hard coming to you and asking for financial support. Our goal is to raise $4,000 with this Passover Appeal to balance RTPV’s budget without raising dues. We hope that your temple family has been a source of comfort during trying and difficult
times, so that when we turn to you in need, you will see the value in making a gift.
 
Rest assured that your presence is the biggest gift. Please join us for Friday night services, for the events we are planning, and perhaps even volunteer some of your time, if you can. We want to see you and spend time reconnecting.
 
Chag sameach
Robin Bass
RTPV President, on behalf of the Board of Directors