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High Holiday Donations 2020

High Holiday Appeals
All members, please login (top right corner) before completing this form.
Please enter an amount that is equal to your USUAL seats purchase PLUS your USUAL Kol Nidre donation. This amount goes for the shul's operating expenses

Please enter your pledge for Yom Kippur Yizkor. These funds are for the Rabbi's discretionary fund to help persons in need


Dear Friends,

Each year on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, we focus our attention and direct our energy to Tefilla, Teshuva and Tzeddaka. We join together in Shul in Tefilla, we pursue our individual and communal course of Teshuva, and we contribute funds to Tzeddaka.

At the Young Israel of Jamaica Estates, as a community, we devote the "Kol Nidre Appeal" as well as the sale of "seats" to the Shul's operation and the "Yizkor Appeal" to the Gemillat Chessed (Loan and Tzeddaka) Fund. The monetary contributions we make at this time demonstrate our gratitude to Hashem for His past blessings, and recognition of our responsibility to share these blessings with the community at large and to individuals in need.

The reality is that membership dues do not cover even one third of our operating expenses. The Kol Nidre Appeal together with the purchase of seats is typically the Shul's single largest appeal. Accordingly, its success is critical to the Shul's financial well-being.  YIJE is the central community center and core of our wonderful neighborhood and continues to be a central part of our spiritual growth. It can only flourish, however, with financial support from all of us.

Due to the unique circumstances this year, we will not be "selling" seats. Rather, we ask that you give a "Yamim Noraim Donation" that is the equivalent of your usual seats purchase PLUS your usual Kol Nidrei contribution. This "Yamim Noraim Donation" is of vital importance to our Shul and more critical this year than ever.

Separately, The Yom Kippur Yizkor Appeal is the only fundraiser for the Gemillat Chessed Fund, which enables the Rabbi to discreetly help those in need.

In the spirit of elevating the spiritual level of our davening on Kol Nidre night and throughout the Yamim Noraim, we would once again like to have successful but silent appeals. In keeping with our past policy, if the advance response is sufficient, then open appeals will not take place. We are therefore asking for your assistance in formulating your pledges, and responding as quickly as possible.

Contributions for both appeals can be made using this form. Alternatively, you may mail your contribution, call the office at any time (even during non-business hours) and leave a message for Dora, or e-mail to

For more information about High Holiday seating this year, read and complete this survey form.

Thank you in advance, and may we all enjoy health and happiness in the coming year.

כתיבה וחתימה טובה!

Respectfully ,

Sam Herskowitz
for the Appeals Committee
and the Board of Directors

Tue, September 21 2021 15 Tishrei 5782