On behalf of the Board of Directors of the East Northport Jewish Center, it is my pleasure to wish you and your family a happy and healthy New Year, 5782. I look forward to seeing each of you on the evening of Monday, September 6th to welcome in the new year together! I am overjoyed that our lives have begun to return to normal, but extend my sincere condolences to each congregation family that has experienced a loss since my last letter. May the soul of your loved one be bound up in the bond of eternal life.
We have worked diligently over the past year to offer services and safely celebrate simchas together. We are deeply appreciative of your continued participation and hope that it increases throughout the coming year. As the percentage of vaccinated New Yorkers continues to rise, the ENJC will continue to require the wearing of face masks while in our building to protect unvaccinated children and vaccinated immunocompromised adults. The Board feels strongly that we must act to protect the weakest among us. High Holiday services will again remain shorter than those of previous years, there will be a non-vaccinated seating section, and we will continue to monitor health recommendations and adjust accordingly.
My concerns about ENJC’s financial wellbeing persist for the upcoming year and revolve around our ability to maintain the level of spiritual and social services to which we have all grown accustomed. I ask those amongst you who are able, be as generous as possible with your High Holiday donations. In addition to the standard forms, you will again find your High Holiday Appeal card in this year’s package. I ask that you fully commit to supporting your congregation for the upcoming year.
I am honored and excited to continue my term as your Congregation President during these more hopeful times and look forward to personally greeting each of you and wishing you L’shanah tovah tikateivu v’teichateim.