Dear Members and Friends of Young Israel:
We hope you had an inspiring Rosh Hashana.
It is the time of year for The Young Israel Yom Kippur Appeal, when we kindly request monetary participation from our constituents which raises critical funds for our shul’s annual operating budget.
Please donate generously on-line at https://yigc.org/donate/ and please read the following update on our shul below.
During the Aseres Yemei Teshuvah we take time as individuals to reflect on the past and look towards the future for ways we can better ourselves. At the Young Israel of Greater Cleveland, we take a similar approach. We take inventory of what we have done well, and we look forward to opportunities for improvement as a Kehilla and organization. In taking that inventory, we would like to share with you our update on the Shul in the hopes that it will help you as you consider your level of participation in this year’s appeal.
There is a powerful feeling of community and energy in the building. We hear from young families joining the shul who feel a strong connection to our organization and the people around them. And that has translated into growth through membership,
attendance, and most recently a solid year of seat sales for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur at our 3 minyanim.
We are a destination for many minyan goers, not only on Shabbos, but throughout the week. We attract a diverse group on a daily basis. We have vibrant, well-attended, daily morning and afternoon minyan options to accommodate working professionals, parents who may need to rush off to carpool, remote working professionals who perhaps need not rush to the office, and retirees.
Daily learning opportunities continue to grow and attract more and more people to our building.
We have daily shiurim on Daf Yomi, Dirshu Mishna Brura, Jewish History, Chumash Class, and others. We successfully launched a Semichas Chaver Program and a Oraysa Gemarah Program earlier this year.
The Young Israel Kollel continues to enhance and strengthen our shul through Chavrusah learning, Shabbos and Yom Tov learning opportunities, and legal holiday programming. The Kollel positively influences our adults and children, offering opportunities to connect to Torah.
We offer members opportunities to publish their Torah ideas and thoughts through our popular Clilei Torah Journal.
Many community members use our building for Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, Weddings, and other Simchas. Many local organizations are attracted to our building as we offer spacious accommodations in a central location of the community.
We are proud of Young Israel’s accomplishments over the last twelve months. And we look forward to another positive year of growth at the Young Israel of Greater Cleveland.
We hope you will join us and help provide us with the finances needed to continue to be a leading institution in our community.
Thank you in advance for your participation in the annual Yom Kippur Appeal. And we thank all those that have already pledged and or contributed.
G’mar Chasima Tova.
Rabbi Naphtali Burnstein
Yank Gecovich, President