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September 1, 2017

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I hope you’ve had a healthy, happy and safe summer. As the Jewish New Year approaches, I invite you to join Rabbi Moritt (beginning her 11th year as our religious leader) and the Roosevelt Island Jewish Congregation for the High Holidays and a full year of congregational observances and celebrations.

Over the past year, our community came together to observe Shabbat and festivals, and to commemorate joyous occasions including birthdays, anniversaries and the arrival of grandchildren. We consoled and supported each other during Shiva, Yahrzeit observances, illness and other life challenges. We learned together during adult education classes.

Join us as we begin the season with our Selichot service on September 16.  Rabbi Moritt will help us prepare for the Days of Awe and we’ll unveil our new white Torah mantels/covers, Parochet/Ark curtain, and Bima cover generously donated by four congregational families in memory of their loved ones.

With the opportunity for fresh beginnings that this New Year brings, the Roosevelt Island Jewish Congregation needs you and your family more than ever. 

  • We need your presence.  Join us for Shabbat and festival observances.  Help ensure a minyan so that others can say Kaddish.  Host an Oneg Shabbat (in your home or at the Cultural Center) to better support and get to know your fellow congregants.
  • We need your financial support. The RIJC urgently needs your membership dues and generous donations to defray the expenses of running the Congregation and support the work of our talented Rabbi.
  • We need your talents.  Become a volunteer or board member. Contribute your physical and creative strengths by helping set up for services, providing communication assistance, contributing fundraising strategies and suggesting ideas about how the RIJC can best meet the needs of you and your neighbors.

At this season, a time for renewal, please renew and expand your commitment to the RIJC so that together we can build a stronger, more enriched congregation. 

Please contact me directly to find out how you can help. 


With best wishes for a joyous Shana Tova,