We hope this message finds you well and you are having an enjoyable summer.
We wanted to take a minute and share an exciting update with you.
We, alongside the executive board, are strongly committed to growth. In the context of a shul, ‘growth’ can mean many different things. Today, we define growth as increasing membership and having strong participation and attendance at minyan, at learning opportunities, and at other programing in the shul.
Our shul is vibrant– offering minyanim and educational options that have a strong community wide appeal. Our success has been driven by our ability to cater our offerings to a diverse population that currently meets in our shul daily to daven and learn in the Kollel.
We feel there is opportunity for growth. We look to capitalize on our past success and continue to grow stronger as an organization and Kehilla.
On a typical Shabbos morning we are Baruch Hashem blessed to have two thriving minyanim for our members and the community, 8am and 9am Shacharis option. Both the 8am and 9am minyan offer the “Young Israel” davening experience with core values established by our founders.
This coming Shabbos we are launching a new Shabbos morning minyan. Davening will begin at 8:30am in the lower level social hall with a learning seder to take place before Musaf. We have done extensive research in communities that have successfully implemented a Shabbos morning davening with a combined learning seder approach. We believe there is an opportunity in our community for this type of davening/learning experience to be a success in our shul, and will attract new member families to the Young Israel of Greater Cleveland.
We hope this new “pilot” minyan can help grow our Kehilla, offering yet another Young Israel minyan option to our members, friends, and the broader community.
Rabbi Naphtali Burnstein
Yank Gecovich, President