My dad died 3 years ago. While he had been diagnosed with Leukemia, and I could see his declining health, I was not prepared. I moved to Orange County 5 years ago. This meant that at the time that I needed community most, my own circle of influence was limited. I didn’t raise my children here, I have no family here, and our rabbis did not marry me, name my children, or lead their b’nai mitzvah. But in my hours of need, I turned to Temple Bat Yahm. And You were here for me.
My closest friends, TBY members, who I met just months before, sent meals, offered support and stood by me. Rabbi Zylberman reached out daily, as my dad’s health declined. He listened to me cry, celebrate my dad’s life, and talk, for as long as I wanted. He helped me grieve. I had never before attended a morning minyan. But in the weeks after his death, I joined mostly strangers, for a little prayer, a little Torah, and a little scotch. My attendance in the weeks after his death were a salve for my aching heart and those strangers, I now consider to be friends. TBY was here for me. My new community held me up and that support was given regardless of the time of day, day of the week, or my ability to pay.
The Securing our Future, the Next Generation Capitol Campaign is about our community of members; ensuring that all families: new (like me), long-time members, men, women, children, grandparents, and people from all walks of life, have a village to surround them, celebrate them and hold them up in good times and in times of need. As my husband, Mark, and I made our own gift in support of the campaign, here is what we considered:
How can we make a lasting impact here, which will sustain TBY’s caring community?
How can we ensure that TBY can continue to provide support to each family who needs assistance, regardless of who they are or what help they need?
How can we make an impact, with the knowledge that this is a 5-year commitment?
Frankly, it was not a hard discussion to have. In fact, quite the opposite. We are proud to be able to give back in dollars, what we so lovingly have received from you, our community. We are proud to positively impact a community which has brought such positivity to us, and we are proud to ensure TBY’s future.
This is my story. I know you have your own to tell. I hope you will consider your story as you join me with your own gift to Temple Bat Yahm’s Securing Our Future Campaign. Your gift will ensure that your story, and mine, can replay itself tenfold for members into the future. If you would like to learn more about the campaign, make a gift, or share your story, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or Stan Levy at the Temple.
We have an opportunity...now...to create an inclusive, invigorating future for our TBY community. I want to be an active part of the generation that preserved the positive influence of modern Jewish thought on the world. Barbara Lubash Trustee and Chair of Strategic Planning Committee
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When I heard that I could directly help improve our buildings and roofs, I felt compelled to step up. I started making regular contributions to the Capital Campaign to do my part to get that fixed and help with other needed improvements. Mindy Jacobs 2nd Generation Temple Member
TBY honors member giving on large glass tablets located in the Sonenshine Sanctuary Foyer. These tablets recognize aggregate giving for each family which is calculated by the combination of all donations made to Temple beyond membership dues. Gifts to the Securing our Future: the Next Generation Capital Campaign will not only be recognized during the campaign but long after it has completed, as it will be added to your family’s previous donations on the aforementioned tablets.
We want to do our part to make TBY a great place for our children and the whole community, for a long time to come. The Chernoff Family Recent Temple Members, ECE Graduates, JCAL Students Chair of the Membership Committee (Mark)
THANK YOU TO OUR MEMBERS WHO HAVE PLEDGED TO SECURE OUR FUTURE
We asked a few of our congregants why they chose to pledge to Securing Our Future:
Sharon & Mark Chernoff Adrienne Cohen Jill & Steve Edwards Fran & Scott Feig Kim & Mark Greenhall Mindy Jacobs Heather & Jon Kline Stan Levy Barbara Lubash & Paul Moses Nancy Marcus Debbie & Jeff Margolis Denise & Bruce Molnar Ann Moskowitz Alison & Charlie Nighingale Leona Aronoff Sadacca & Joe Sadacca Leslie & Scott Seigel Patty Seyburn & Eric Little Lizabeth & David Yudis