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A Letter from Brotherhood Chairs
CONGRATULATIONS ON BECOMING A BROTHERHOOD MEMBER!
Temple Sinai’s Brotherhood welcomes and congratulates you on your membership for 2017-18. The new and improved Brotherhood Membership Committee, faced with the daunting task of increasing membership, came up with the following ingenious campaign;
All male members of Temple Sinai, 21 years of age or older, are now, officially, members of Brotherhood. Enrollment campaign over; job well done.
So you may ask, “What about all the rest -- like dues, meetings, sign-up, etc.?” The answer is: It is all up to you. Brotherhood did the hard part in getting you signed up.
Dues are optional, so there is no cost to you although donations are always welcome. Meetings are optional, so you don’t have to attend. Sign-ups are optional, so you don’t have to “do that” or “be there”. Programs and activities are optional, so you don’t have to ‘find out”, learn, or enjoy. Giving back is optional, so you don’t have to get that “good feeling”.
However, while the new and improved Brotherhood asks nothing of its members, it stands ready and willing to accept whatever you wish to give; to welcome you with open arms at any meeting and encourage you to have a voice in what goes on (remember, it’s your Brotherhood now); to embrace your attendance at, and participation in, the programs and activities it sponsors (along with your input as to what programs and/or activities Brotherhood should sponsor); to offer you the opportunity to give back to others and the community so that you may experience the good feeling and joy that naturally flow from such mitzvahs.
In other words, along with welcoming you and all our new-found members, Temple Sinai Brotherhood would like to acknowledge that it is not your father’s Brotherhood – it is yours, and that joining by itself has no mutual benefit, but participation pays tremendous dividends to all.
As Brotherhood embarks on its new journey, some of which is in uncharted waters, it will bring along those programs and activities that have shown the greatest success in support of our Temple Sinai Family including: providing greeters at Shabbat and other services and temple gatherings (a great way to meet people); Mitzvah Day BBQ; Purim Carnival; Passover wine sale; Sunday brunch programs--see the website calendar and email for details); candles for Yom Hashoah commemoration; and monthly Guys Night Out get-togethers. Having you join in these fun and rewarding programs and activities is just the beginning. Having you shape and expand the Brotherhood experience is the goal.
Joe Weinkle Harvey Nathanson Harton Wolf
Co-Chair Co-Chair Co-Chair
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