It's Time to Come Together: Begin New Year by Wrapping Up Generations Campaign
While temperatures continue to remain in the summer range, fall programming and the school year are well underway, and our countdown toward the new year has begun as each day we prepare for the significance of the High Holy Day season. This begins a time of great contemplation, reflecting on our goals from the previous year—where we succeeded and fell short—while we create new aspirations for the coming year.
As I count the days toward Rosh Hashanah and the beginning of the High Holy Day season, my mind turns toward meeting our $25 million Generations Campaign project goal and achieving the $500,000 Mabee Foundation challenge grant by the September deadline. We have the opportunity to do something truly transformative for our entire community by expanding and greatly improving the Shalom Austin JCC on the Dell Jewish Community Campus.
When I think about the true meaning of convening on the High Holy Days, it is to evaluate and contemplate how to make ourselves better as individuals and as a community. The leaders of the Generations project began with a vision of how they could transform the campus and JCC to meet the needs of a vastly growing community in the 21st century. By creating a living room for the Jewish community with nosh to eat, by providing a space for people of all ages to engage in multigenerational programming together inside the building, at the pool and on our beautiful campus, by providing individuals an opportunity to receive quality fitness and wellness programming and ensuring that Jewish Family Service has a facility on the campus to welcome anyone in need of social and human services, we are moving our community to a better place.
With only 30 days remaining to reach our $25 million goal and achieve the $500,000 Mabee Foundation challenge grant, we ask you to help us turn this vision into reality. One of the best ways to start off the season is to be a part of history by making this happen. A huge thank you to the investors in this project and the many who have decided to increase their gift to help us get one step closer to our goal.
As we congregate in our amazing synagogues this Rosh Hashanah, I hope and pray that we can toast the new year with l’chayim, to the new and enhanced life that we will create by making the Generations project a reality.
Wishing everyone a Shanah Tovah u’metukah, a sweet, happy and meaningful new year,
Rabbi Daniel Septimus