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January 26, 2021 - Final Update

Dear Friends,
 
We did it! We are thrilled to announce that we have essentially met our campaign goal! We have now raised $35,600. A total of 93 households showed their support for OrH by making a donation this year. We are so grateful for the generous support of our community! Our fundraising is vitally important and allows us to continue to offer meaningful and diverse programing, to pay our bills, and to sustain our rabbinic and education leadership. In a year of tremendous challenge and uncertainty we are fortunate to have this much-needed support from our members and friends. 
 
With gratitude,
 
The OrH Board of Directors

 


 

January 7, 2021 - Update


We are now over one month into our annual fundraising campaign, and we are delighted to report that we have currently raised $32,279 – nearly 90% of our $36,000 campaign target! We are so grateful to all of you who have been able to contribute this year. This includes nearly 60 OrH Member households and 26 non-member households.

We encourage all those who have not yet donated to our campaign to please consider doing so. We can easily meet our goal with support from our remaining member households. No contribution is too small! Our fundraising is vitally important to sustaining our programming and supporting our rabbinical and education leadership.
 
Donating is easy: click the Donate button below, where you can make a payment by credit card or PayPal with no added convenience fees. If you wish to pay by e-transfer or mail a cheque, instructions are on our donation page. 


Thank you for your continued support,
Your OrH Board of Directors

 

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December 8, 2020 - Update

We’re in week two of our annual fundraising campaign and there’s good news – we’ve accounted for just over $14,000 from 25 member and  High Holiday Visitor households – that’s already 35% of our $36,000 goal! Thank you to everyone who’s donated – we appreciate it as a Board and as a community! But there’s a ways to go yet to reach our target.

If you have not yet done so, please consider making a donation to Or Haneshamah this year. All donations, regardless of size, go a long way to sustaining our community and keeping it healthy and vibrant. We would love to see 100% of OrH Members and Tishrey Visitors support our campaign this year. 

Donating is easy: click the Donate button below, where you can make a payment by credit card or PayPal with no added convenience fees. If you wish to pay by e-transfer or mail a cheque, instructions are on our donation page. 

Thank you for your continued support,
 
Your OrH Board of Directors

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December 1, 2020

Dear friends and OrH members,

It has been an unprecedented year for our community, for each of us, and for our families, as we have changed our lives to accommodate the impact of COVID-19.

Or Haneshamah’s response to the pandemic has been two-fold: First, we pivoted to bring our services and events into the virtual sphere while keeping our rabbi and members safe and sheltered at home. Second, recognizing that the pandemic has stressed household incomes, we gave members the option to “pay what you can” for yearly fees and did the same for Tishrey visitors at High Holidays. While these actions have ensured that we stay true to our commitment to be inclusive, open, and accessible, they have resulted in a shortfall in our revenue, more than we have experienced before.

While we have always relied on fundraising to cover our programming, keeping our membership fees comparatively low to make OrH as accessible as possible, this year is exceptional. 

To sustain our unique congregation, to keep our creative spirit alive, to continue to deliver our best to our members and visitors, we need to upgrade the technology we use and get training to use it effectively. We also need to improve our online presence to reach inward to nourish existing members and to reach out to under-served Jewish populations and people seeking a Jewish practice in life. This in addition to our year-to-year programming costs.

We are appealing to everyone to support our Annual Fundraising Campaign. Our theme for 5781:  

We All Belong: We welcome the stranger and we welcome community

Donating is easy. Just click the donate button below. You can pay online by credit card or via PayPal with no added convenience fees. You can divide your PayPal payment over as many as five installments. If you prefer to pay by cheque or Interac eTransfer, the instructions are on the payment page.

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All donations, regardless of size, go a long way to making our community healthy and vibrant. This year our target is $36,000 – a 10% increase from last year's raised total.

Or Haneshamah will issue a charitable tax receipt for all fundraising campaign donations. That receipt will earn a 40% tax credit, regardless of personal income level, if you have already donated at least $200 to charities in this income tax year.

While we recognize that there are many worthy causes to support, we ask that you make OrH a high priority in your charitable giving this year.

Sincerely,

The OrH Board of Directors

Ari, Treasurer: treasurer@orh.ca
Barbara, Membership: membership@orh.ca
Carolyn, Interim Member-at-Large: carolyn@orh.ca
David, Communications: communications@orh.ca
Diana, Learning: learning@orh.ca
Elijah, Interim Member-at-Large: elijah@orh.ca
Kathy, Secretary: secretary@orh.ca
Shira, Rituals: rituals@orh.ca

Tue, April 13 2021 1 Iyar 5781