Another year has flown by, and
here we are, Elul 5776 with Rosh Hashanah fast approaching. The members of the
BMTL Vaad would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a
K’tiva V'Chatima Tova. We would also like to express our heartfelt
appreciation to the outgoing members of the Vaad: Jenny Katz, Eitan Kupietzky, Rabbi Pesach
Wolicki, and Shimmy Kreditor, for their estimable contributions to our kehilla during
their time on the Va’ad (and before). We would also like to thank all those in
our kehilla who have contributed in so many ways during the past year. May the
new year of 5777 be filled with bracha, hatzlacha, and shalom for the community
as a whole, and for all individually.
The new Vaad has hit the ground
running and is hard at work preparing for the Yamim Noraim, as well as the
early planning stages for the coming year. In addition to the overall
administration of the shul, each Va’ad member has a primary area of focus which
appears next to his/her name at the end of this letter. However, we truly
welcome ideas and involvement from all members of the Kehilla; if you have an
idea you would like to see implemented, please do not hesitate to reach out to
any member of the Va’ad to share it.
We would like to reiterate a
message conveyed in last year’s membership letter. It is a high priority for
us that every person who steps into Beit Midrash Torani Leumi feels welcome
and embraced by the warmth of our Kehilla Let’s all of us take it upon
ourselves to go over to and engage any unfamiliar faces we see in the shul. We
will all benefit, newcomers and old-timers alike.
Our Beit Midrash is home to
several strong daily minyanim, as well as many weekly shiurim that provide a
wide variety of learning opportunities for all members of the community. Rabbi
David is a constant source of inspiration and model of dedication to both Tefillah
and Talmud Torah, and we thank him for his devotion, love and leadership.
In order to provide for all the
needs of our community, we need to maximize the amount of financial and human
resources available through annual dues, building fund payments and donations. We
are pleased to report that membership dues for 5777 will remain constant for a
sixth consecutive year at NIS 1,350 per family and NIS 675 for a single. In
addition, we have decided to offer a special new-member discount: dues for
first-time members this year will be NIS 1,200.
As always, we ask that everyone
who has not completed payment of their building fund pledge to continue moving
in that direction. If you are not yet a building fund member we strongly
encourage you to sign up now and begin making donations towards the building
fund pledge of $2,000 (7,544 ₪
as of 13/09/16) along with your
membership dues for 5777. Building
Fund payments are essential for payment of our capital expenses (building
improvements, as opposed to operating expenses). This is a one-time obligation
of every family in our kehilla, and payments may of course be made in
“tashlumim,” spread out over several years. Payment of the building fund
entitles your family to priority seats, discounts on use of the Ulam Selesny
Simcha Hall and other privileges.
For your convenience, Vaad
members will be in the Beit Knesset to collect dues and building fund payments
at the following dates and times:
September 13, 8:30 PM -10:00 PM
September 14, 8:30 PM -10:00 PM
September 15, 8:30 PM -10:00 PM
September 16, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
September 19, 8:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Please make every effort to
take care of your payment obligations during one of these times.
The Sheinfeld community is
served by a number of batei knesset and there are many people who are full
members of one beit knesset and yet attend tefillot or other activities at
other batei knesset. To enable those who are full members of other batei
knesset but regularly avail themselves of our services and to support our shul,
we offer associate membership. Associate members are entitled to discounts on
use of the Ulam Selesny Simcha Hall and other privileges. Associate
membership dues for 5777 will remain at last year’s rate of NIS 650. Please
note that associate membership is intended only for those people who are full
members in another beit knesset.
If you would like to be a
member of BMTL but are unable to meet the dues, please contact Shaul Sladowsky
054-300-5139 to arrange accommodations, which will be kept in the strictest of
We would like to keep the
shul records up to date. When you come to pay your membership dues please
provide us with a current email address. Please also bring the names of any
family members that should appear on the card in the gabbai’s box.
Youth Contact Information
Providing more activities for
the youth of our beit knesset is one of the goals of the Vaad. Realizing that
the youth often don’t pay attention to the announcements, we would like to be
able to send announcements regarding youth activities directly to your
children. This will also enable them to feel more a part of the membership.
With their permission and
yours, when you come to pay your membership dues please provide us with your
child’s or children’s current email addresses.
We hope you will be with us for
the upcoming Yamim Noraim. If so, please submit payment for seats with your
membership dues payment. Please note that, as always, paying membership dues
entitles you to 2 seats for each of the Yamim Noraim. Any additional seat
requested for unmarried children will cost NIS 40 for Rosh Hashanah (both days)
and NIS 40 for Yom Kippur, or NIS 80 for both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Additional
seats for married children or any other guests will be NIS 75 for Rosh Hashanah
(both days) and NIS 75 for Yom Kippur, or NIS 150 for both Rosh Hashanah and
Yom Kippur. Each seat for non-members (and associate members) will cost NIS
125 for Rosh Hashanah (both days) and NIS 125 for Yom Kippur, or NIS 250 for
both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
After you have paid
membership dues for 5777, you will be able to indicate seating preferences by
going to the Membership page of the BMTL website (http://bmtl.org/Membership.php).
Important note: the
website seating function will be active only beginning Thursday, September 15,
2016. Further details
regarding this process are on the website. If you don’t have a computer and
Internet access, please call Jan Wimpfheimer at 054-809-1000.
We are looking into the
possibility of offering some groups on Rosh Hashanna and Yom Kippur to help
mothers of young children get to shul. More information on this will be
forthcoming over the next few days.
We look forward to a wonderful,
healthy and meaningful year for everyone, filled with success and prosperity
for all of Klal Yisrael.
The 5777 BMTL Vaad:
• Shaul Sladowsky – Yoshev Rosh
• Stu Schrader - Gabbai
• Miriam Marcus – Treasurer
• Michal Krulwich – Noar
• Netanel Javasky – Noar
• David Shapiro – Building
• Linda Wolicki – Adult
• Dina Reich – Adult social