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Letter to the Congregation
March 19 2012 - - 25 Adar 5772
It is with both pleasure and excitement along with a natural taste of the bittersweet that we announce to you that we have reached a binding agreement to sell the property which has been our physical home for the past 34 years. This evening our Board of Trustees voted unanimously to accept the David Posnack J.C.C’s kind offer to extend hospitality to us for up to two years. Renting space at the “J” gives the opportunity to consider our next steps very carefully while continuing the work of strengthening our Conservative Jewish presence in the Southwest Broward community.
We will begin the process of transition this coming weekend, with the Sol Pomerantz Scholar-in Residence weekend, whose topic will be Transitions. The weekend will culminate in our next Congregational Meeting which will take place on Sunday Morning at 9:30. At that meeting, we will explain the sale, the timing, and the steps we will be taking to pull our community together to face the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. Each of you is vitally important to the continuation of our community, and we encourage you to attend.
When we met two years ago to inform you of our situation and the need to place the property on the market, we had your support and understanding. When we needed the funds to continue to reach this day, you were most generously with us. We expressed then, and reiterate now, Beth Ahm Israel is not about the walls, it is all about the people; our People. How can we continue to teach the next generation? How can we demonstrate that our commitment to the future runs as deeply in us as it did to generations past?
Our leaders have struggled over the course of these two years to find a way to dream of a future. They have kept our doors open and the lights on, while educating our children and increasing attendance at Shabbat Services. While being in the midst of our most desperate fiscal challenge, we have still found the means to help families without the means, to remain affiliated and give their children a Jewish Education and a sense of belonging. Our array of religious, educational, and social services has never been stronger.
We have dared to see reality, and yet to dream of the future. In 1902, in Altneuland,
Theodore Herzel wrote, “Im Tirtzu ane zo Aggadah,” “If you will it, it is no dream”.
Please continue to dream with us as we meet on Sunday morning.
Rabbi Avraham Kapnek
President Mark Weber