What an amazing year we have had as a community, from our beautiful first High Holy Days last year at Temescal Canyon, to finishing our children’s first year of Religious School this past June. Our Leader/Cantor, Diane Rose, became a Rabbi (Rantor!) through the Universalist movement in January. I was honored and thrilled to be able to attend that ceremony and the Cool Shul celebration that followed. It is, I believe, what will help to propel us forward into the future.
We have come a long way from our first baby steps and conversations about who we wanted to be and what we could become as a community, and with that mindset I write this letter, this invitation, to you today.
As our kehillah continues to grow, we need your help. We are a nomadic community by design and that keeps our expenses down, but there are still costs. We currently rent an office space that houses our education program, a second space for our once a month Shabbatot, and a third for the High Holy Days. Rabbi Diane has created some wonderful programming for our K-8th grade classes and B’ney Mitzvah students, which she executes with the help of her co-teacher, Lisa. We hope to be able to continue offering these programs and also expand our programming for young and old alike, and we are asking you to be a part of this growth.
While we don’t have the traditional membership structure of most religious communities, we do rely on the generosity of our community to cover the costs of programming. Based on current expenses, if each Cool Shul family were to make a tax-deductible contribution of $85 per month, we could cover all of the requisite costs beyond those that are paid for through tuition and the sale of high holidays tickets.
So, we invite you to become our “partners”. We are asking for a monthly contribution, a tax-deductible donation which can be set up automatically via credit card. We understand that not everyone can make room in their budgets for the $85 per month that would address our community’s needs, and also know that some of you are in a position to offer more. In addition to financial contributions, we welcome both suggestions for other programming, and volunteers to help create them.
We use the word “partners”, instead of members, because we want you to be a true partof Cool Shul and hope that you appreciate what we offer and that you will want to be a part of our future. By partnering with us, you help ensure that Cool Shul can play an important role in our Jewish community.
Please feel free to reach out to me with questions, suggestions or just to say how much you love what we do. I will do my best to respond quickly and with helpful information. Along with this letter is a partnership form for you to fill out and return to us.
Looking forward to seeing you all at our next Shabbat September 9 and at High Holy Days!