Today when I come through the doors of the Temple, I know I am home and in a wonderful, loving place where I feel God’s presence. I love when the sun peers through the glass windows or when I hear rain hit the dome on top of the sanctuary. I am surrounded by my loved ones who have passed and feel their presence when visiting their yahrzeit plaques: Ronnie and his parents, my parents and sister — and many, many friends.
Ronnie and I both loved and love our Temple Emanu-El. We especially cherished the High Holy Days. When the Cantor would sing the Kol Nidre and the beautiful music of the violin filled the air, tears would always come to our eyes. At that moment, it would remind both of us how blessed and privileged we were to be American Jews.
Ronnie and I always wanted to support our congregation. Even if it was just a little at a time, we were giving from the heart. Plus, both of us were very involved in giving of our time — Ronnie taught Religious School for many, many years and we both served on the board. It was so important to both of us to think of our Temple for future generations.
Today, I continue to volunteer and also support the Endowment Fund. It is the foundation of our wonderful congregation for now and for all future generations. I have found that giving through our IRA makes it easy to give in a meaningful way. I always feel good looking back on what the funds have accomplished. Giving during my lifetime also sets a great example for my children and grandchildren. They can see how much enjoyment I derive from doing something that their father and I care so deeply about.