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November 18, 2019

Dear members and friends,

Or Haneshamah plays an important role in the lives of its members and friends in the wider Ottawa Jewish community. To sustain our unique congregation, we are appealing to everyone to support our Annual Fundraising Campaign. 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.

While our members and High Holy Day visitors pay fees, they only go so far to cover the costs of running a vibrant Jewish community. Like congregations everywhere, we must seek voluntary donations in order to sustain our programming and meet the needs of our community. While we had a very modest increase in membership dues this year (the first in several years), this is still not enough to cover our costs. After taking into account the fee reductions that we offer people in need, our fees would have to increase significantly if we didn't hold our fundraising campaign.

Our members and supporters have been clear about the programming they want: a widening variety of events for us to express our Judaism and engage with the community. Under Rabbi Liz's leadership, we continue to attract new people, while serving our long-time congregants. This year alone we will see seven OrH families celebrate their children's Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Our new Hesed initiative continues to provide support for anyone in need. It's our voluntary donations that help to make possible all of that and more.

This year the Board has set a fundraising target of $28,000. We cannot achieve that ambitious goal without all of us pitching in. We encourage you to show support for Or Haneshamah by making a donation today, no matter how small -- everything counts!

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.

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Donating is easy. Just click the "donate" button above. You can pay online 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.

On behalf of the entire membership, we thank you for giving generously to our community, and we promise to keep everyone up to date as the campaign progresses. Please get in touch with any questions or comments.

Sincerely,

The OrH Board of Directors

Ari, Treasurer: treasurer@orh.ca
David, Communications: communications@orh.ca
Barbara, Membership: membership@orh.ca
Sharon, Member-at-Large: member-at-large.sharon@orh.ca
Timna, Member-at-Large and November Board Chair: member.at.large-timna@orh.ca

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