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September 1, 2016


Dear Friends and Neighbors,

As we approach the beginning of the Jewish New Year, I am delighted to join with you in another year of observances and activities for the Roosevelt Island Jewish Congregation. In this mailing, you'll find a message from Rabbi Moritt, the High Holy Days schedule, and our schedule of events for the year. Highlights of our calendar include a special "Bring-a-Friend Shabbat Service and Dinner," as well as the return of our Tu B'Shevat Seder and Pajama Havdalah.


Over this past year, as a community, we've celebrated joyful life cycle events including a bat mitzvah and an aufruf. We've comforted each other during times of sorrow by observing shiva and yahrzeits and provided compassion during illness and personal distress.  And we've come together to observe the joy of Shabbat.

As we return to our home in the newly renovated and repainted Cultural Center, I invite you to rejoin your RIJC or, if you're not currently a member, join us for the first time. As the first and oldest Jewish congregation on Roosevelt Island, we need your presence and help on several fronts.


First, I hope that you will financially support the RIJC with a generous donation. Your funding is critical in enabling us to offer a wide array of activities and special events and meet the financial obligations involved in running a synagogue. This year, we have several special needs. We continue to seek donors to help us with the cost of our Torah repairs. As I communicated in an earlier message, we still require contributions to match the $1500 donated by one of our generous members. We also welcome donations for new, white Torah covers for future High Holy Day services. We also need funding to repair our sukkah.


Your active participation in synagogue observances and events is an essential part of keeping the RIJC a vital and thriving congregation. We need your help in setting up and breaking down our event spaces, in hosting Oneg Shabbats (either at your home or at the Cultural Center) and in managing our database and communications.


We are also looking for a few members to join the Board of Trustees to help us maintain the RIJC and grow our congregation for the future. Please contact me directly to find out how you can help.

With my best wishes for a Shana Tova,


Nina Lublin