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Dear Members of Beit Sasson,
As the New Year approaches, we feel a sense of rejuvenating energy, which allows us to shape a newfound relationship with Hashem. In our cherished Sephardic tradition, we approach the Tefillah of the High Holy Days with optimism and hope, rather than fear and concern. We know that Hashem wants us unified, strong, and happy.
One of the secrets we know, which can lead us to the ultimate spiritual growth and ideal relationship with Hashem, is the value of our human relationships. In our Kehillah, we practice this value, and aim to excel in it. This past year specifically, we felt together intense moments of joy and sadness, happiness and mourning. We laughed together and we shed tears together. We know that this human interaction is supposed to be the epitome of Jewish and human life. It is vital for us as individuals, families and community members to continue to practice this Godly trait, as we have done until now, and to continue to make Beit Sasson a community in which we get strength from each other and live our lives to the fullest moral and religious potential.
Our sages in tractate Niddah 31a teaches us that it is a common phenomenon that the one for whom a miracle was performed does not recognize the miracle that was performed for him or her. We should be smart enough and creative enough to recognize the miracle we have today in our Kehillah, to cherish it, expand it and to share it with others.
Let us start the year with that sense of appreciation, together let us make an effort to support our great beit keneset in every way possible. Each one of us should find a way to share with Beit Sasson the wisdom, talent and resources with which Hashem has granted him or her. Let us prove the point that so many people from so many backgrounds and cultures can be united under the effort to glorify Hashem's name by connecting with each other and supporting each other. Let our children learn what is the ideal traditional practice of Judaism. Let us expand our love and goodness to the maximum extent which God expects from us.
B'ezrat HaShem, with that approach, we will start the New Year flourishing and thriving and Hashem will elevate us from strength to strength.
תחל שנה וברכותיה
May a year and its blessings begin,
Rabbi Avinoam Durani
Rosh Hashanah is upon us and it is my pleasure to be addressing you as the President of Beit Sasson. In light of High Holy Days, I would like to take the opportunity to reflect upon Beit Sasson’s achievements/challenges in the past year, explore changes to pave a road to a better future, and look ahead to the coming year with prayers for good health, happiness and fulfillment for ourselves, our families, and our community.
Improvements at Beit Sasson in the past year: With tremendous gratitude to Hashem, we were able to further improve our presence in the community and our membership is growing at a healthy rate. This growth comes along with responsibilities. It is very unfortunate but we have, and need to continue to further fortify our security. Security cameras are installed around the building, a security guard is hired to patrol the grounds during shabbat and chagim. Best of all, we have a group of volunteers helping with security patrolling. These continued accomplishments and improvements are vital in sustaining Beit Sasson’s growth, and smooth operation.
Adding Personal Touch: You have witnessed my advocacy for open management style. In my opinion the best way to run our beloved shul is to bring all plans and issues to public attention and request everyone’s participation and personal touch to bring our goals to reality. For the past three years this has worked beautifully and B"H" we will continue with the same format in the coming year.
Looking Ahead: It is important to make Beit Sasson a community center; a place more than a house for prayers. To accomplish this, the goals set for the upcoming year are to keep improving our security, expand and improve the kitchen under guidance and leadership of our kitchen renovation committee, continue improving the children playroom, expand the children's program, increase and improve community programs both internal and in collaborative programs with our neighboring synagogues, and most importantly Recognize and Meet Our Fiscal Challenges.
Challenges: Beit Sasson has transitioned from hardly a minyan in the basement of another building to a well-established thriving community in just a few years. We have kept our membership fees low and as a result it is not easy to prepare a budget that reflects both our financial realities and our values. Membership dues alone are not enough to support our synagogue. Our budget is heavily burdened with the cost of implemented security and the plans for added measures.
I was told that some people get uncomfortable when there are talks about money. B”H” I have found the opposite!! Because everyone realizes that sustaining Beit Sasson is the only way we can be “The Sephardic Congregation of Newton.” Everyone’s support is needed. We need everyone on the team, you can be a player, you can be a fan. Both are important roles. As an extended family, everyone is expected to get involved and help in whichever way they can. In the months ahead, you will hear a lot from me about plans on how to increase our fundraising efforts and generate income to meet our financial goals. Of-course this will not be possible without gifts of time and money from our congregants and other friends. In order to help please contact me, JosephYashar@yahoo.com with suggestions.
5780 High Holy Day Services: On behalf of Beit Sasson executive committee, it is my pleasure to invite you and your family to join us for the High Holy Day Services. Rosh Hashanah begins on Sunday evening September 29. Yom Kippur begins on Tuesday evening October 8th. The complete High Holy Day schedule is enclosed.
In keeping with Sephardic tradition, everyone, member or otherwise is always welcome to worship at Beit Sasson. We highly encourage people to become members and to buy seats for the High Holy Days since space is limited, and purchasing is the only way to guarantee a seat. Please note that we have kept the High Holy Day Seats and Membership dues low to encourage wider participation. Please see www.sephardic-newton.org to conveniently make seat reservations, and to make payments/donations.
I pray that this year Beit Sasson will take on a more positive meaning in all our lives.
I wish you and your family a sincere and heartfelt Shana Tova.
We have kept our dues low to encourage 100% participation. We would appreciate any help with operation expenses (including the recently hired Rabbi), monthly obligations (utilities, maintenance, Children’s Programs, etc...), and the recent Synagogue Expansion (Handicap ramp, etc...). Thank you.
High Holiday Seat Reservations for Members are:
High Holiday Seat Reservations for Non-Members are: