December 10, 2010
Dear Fellow Congregants:
Nearly 200 Chisuk Emuna members came together only a few weeks ago to celebrate our wonderful community and to learn more about our congregation’s exciting plans for the future. At the event, we shared some exciting campaign news and unveiled preliminary renderings of our new synagogue facility. Wow!
We announced that night — and repeat here again — that after many months of preparation and hard work from so many members of the Chisuk Emuna family, our Capital Campaign is moving forward very successfully. We have been recruiting campaign team members and have approached a number of congregants to discuss campaign gifts. We announced preliminarily that so many members have generously made early commitments to get involved and support the building of our new home that we have truly accelerated our aggressive pace . . . all because of the dedication of so many Chisuk Emuna members. (It’s no secret but pledges and gifts have surpassed $1.0 million already.)
Plans call for a 12,870 square feet facility that will be environmentally friendly, with illuminating natural light and full accessibility, enabling all to travel through the entire building without confronting any steps. We are especially excited about a large patio that will be used for a variety of religious, educational, and social experiences. These are just some of the many design aspects that truly convey our congregation’s personality and needs!
We welcome the opportunity to tell you more about the exciting plans for the new building, as well as to discuss available giving opportunities as you determine how you’d like to play a role in this important initiative. If we have not yet spoken, please expect a call from our team in the coming months and if you would like to talk with us, please contact us at your convenience. This campaign is a community-building experience in so many ways, and with a congregation-wide investment in the future of Chisuk Emuna, it will surely be a success!
With everyone’s help, we can look forward to breaking ground in September 2011 and have a thriving operating building by the High Holidays in 2012. Thank you in advance for your support of this important endeavor to rebuild our Jewish home and strengthen Judaism in central Pennsylvania for generations to come.
Joel Cheskis Dr. Stanley Schneider
Campaign Co-Chair Campaign Co-Chair