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A personal message from the Rabbi – please read!

December 30, 2016

Dear Friend,

With Hashem’s unwavering help, this has been an incredible year of growth and transformation! Our small, start-up community has blossomed into a spiritual powerhouse which has touched the lives of thousands!

Things You Need To Hear
This year alone, we have successfully engaged numerous people through our diverse programs. Whether connecting with us through our Bet Knesset, Kehillat Shaar HaShamayim; being one of 200 friends who danced together as we rejoiced with our new “Platt Family Torah”; or through our educational center, the Shiviti Bet Midrash and its 416 annual classes; by enjoying one of our 248 lively and stimulating Shabbat or holiday meals where the discussion is as delightful as the food; and through watching one of our 438 YouTube videos or Facebook live-streamed events and programs – which have reached 5,960 views; each individual has found in us their spiritual home in which they can thrive and soar to new heights. You have not just enhanced your own life – but together we have created the truly inclusive Shiviti family! Thank you!

We Are Building Our Future
This is your Kehillah. This is your Shiviti movement. This is your spiritual home. This is your oasis for stimulating study. We are building this for each other, for our children, and for our friends – and this is your opportunity to take an active role in our future.

Our Year-End Campaign and Goals
Today, we are reaching out to you as we wrap up the 2016 calendar year. During the next 48 hours, our two main goals are:

1. To reach 50 members. This is the number we need to be self-sufficient and to continue our proud tradition of not needing to constantly solicit funds from our dear friends. (Monthly membership rates are: Single, $72; Family, $101; Donor, $180 or $360.)

2. Sponsoring 12 months of rent. What helped us flourish this year – was the generous sponsorship of rent at our main campus, which currently costs us $1514 a month. Just twelve such sponsorships, or even half-month sponsorships at $757, will take a great financial burden off of our community and allow us to focus on the things that are truly important.

My Personal Request
You know how much I despise fundraising, and you know even more how rare it is for me to turn to your for financial assistance. But on behalf of our beautiful community – I need your help to make this happen.

I ask you to consider becoming a proud member, generously sponsoring a month of rent, or even just making a special, one-time, year-end, tax-deductible donation of $180, $72, $36 – or whatever you can afford – to help us meet our goal.

Please, click here to make your donation now. This is our chance to light up the world, one soul at a time.

Thank you once again for your continued friendship and support.

With love and so many blessings for a happy Chanukah,

Rabbi Yonatan Y. Halevy
Spiritual Leader
Shiviti – Kehillat Shaar HaShamayim

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