Welcome and Happy New Year 5778!
Whether you have been a member of Nahalat Shalom for many years, just off and on, or, perhaps, only for the High Holidays, we value you as a member of our community. Our congregation is maintained and its doors are kept open by its members. Although most of us grew up in different places and worshipped in very different synagogues, at Nahalat Shalom, with its diverse membership and heritages, we have been offered a spiritual home. Most of us have come to appreciate this opportunity to live our Judaism through worship, learning, joyful celebration, music, and dance.
Whether you are a new or renewing member. we ask that you complete and return the enclosed membership form and pledge so we can update our records. Everyone is welcome at Nahalat Shalom – no one is ever turned away because of limited funds. We do not require tickets or membership at High Holidays, or any other time. We are a congregation where some can afford more, others pay less, and we all pitch in where we can. The Suggested Pledge Guide on the back of the membership form is only a suggestion. In reality, our Nahalat Shalom dues structure has always been “pay what you can”. We realize that many people have limited resources or are on a fixed income; we also know that income level does not always reflect financial burdens like student loans, aging parents, family obligations, or medical expenses. But please keep in mind that our budget is about $152,000 and the synagogue is run by our highly skilled part-time administrator and a team of talented and hard-working volunteers. Most of the money needs to come from dues and donations. So it is important that you make a pledge and pay your dues now with a check or a credit card, or make a pledge that you will pay off during 2018.
Please determine your own level of generosity, and give what you can to keep our doors open to all.
Membership dues is very personal, but consider this: Nahalat Shalom is your community. If the music resonates with you, if the spirituality of our services speaks to your soul, if you take advantage of our adult education classes, if you appreciate how seriously we take educating children in our Cheder, please give as generously as you can. We will receive whatever you can give with gratitude. (Your synagogue dues are tax deductible.) Please take some quiet time to review this packet we have prepared for you. And return your membership form, with your pledge or payment, by September 15th.
All of the members of the Va’ad wish you a new year filled with health, joy, and peace.
Emet Ma'ayan, President, Nahalat Shalom Va'ad
Chuck Buxbaum, Vice President Erwin Melis, Va'ad Member
Myra Segal, Secretary Ilene Dunn Va'ad, Member
Deborah Tyroler, Treasurer Nancy Koenigsberg, Past President
Our membership year begins in September; however, we welcome new members throughout the year. For more information regarding membership, please call our office at 343-8227.
This design, from an original papercut by Diane Palley, contains images that refer to the importance of sustaining our Nahalat Shalom community:
Rose: symbol of the Shechinah--the presence of holiness in our lives and world. Nahalat Shalom gives us a place to connect to the Shechinah in our lives.
Wheat: symbol of abundance and nourishment
Rose and wheat together: refers to the 1912 strike in Lawrence, MA whose slogan "Bread and Roses" still speaks to our needs today for both sustenance and beauty
Lion: symbol of the Jewish people
Roadrunner: symbol of our life here in New Mexico
Palm: part of the Lulav waved during Sukkot, the festival when we remember the fragility of our lives, homes and structures -- communal as well as physical
Hummingbird: refers to the vulnerability of each life as well as the life of our community
Water: the medium of life, which we are especially aware of in our beloved desert home