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   12353 8th Ave NE, Seattle, WA  98125
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Dear members and friends of the Kadima Community:

Shana tova! As we celebrate the Jewish New Year and the 36th birthday of Kadima, our progressive, inclusive Jewish community, please join us in taking Kadima to a new level. This fall, Kadima launched a major fund drive so that we can hire a rabbi in 2015.

During most of its 36 years, Kadima has operated without its own clergy. In general, this arrangement has served us well; it challenged us to step up, individually and collectively, to make Kadima what it is today. Many of you have spent countless hours volunteering to build a vibrant, participatory community. We are proud of the first-ever Women's Torah; our fabulous Sunday school, b'nei mitzvah program, and Hebrew language classes led by a solid core of teachers and dynamic director; our unique lay-led liturgy; our social justice work, including cofounding and cosponsoring Seattle's Middle East Peace Camp for Children; and our staunch advocacy for the rights of all who live in Israel/Palestine.

While we have great reason to be proud of our community, Kadimaniks at last year's membership meeting said they wanted to grow our congregation and expand what we can offer to one another and to Jews throughout the Seattle area who yearn for a progressive place of joyful learning, study, and tikkun olam. Kadima members voted to proceed with a rabbi search, and the Board of Directors convened a Rabbi Search Committee.

Having a rabbi won't change the character and beauty of our community. Nor will it alter the need for us to volunteer and lead our community! But having a rabbi will give us a much greater opportunity to grow and to ensure that the spiritual, life cycle, educational, and pastoral needs of our members are met throughout the years.

Kadima's Rabbi Search Committee and Board of Directors have been working hard this year to develop a job description, budget, and search process. We're collaborating closely with the Jewish Reconstructionist Communities organization to identify potential candidates. But we need to raise more money if we are going to be able to bring a rabbi to Kadima by our goal of mid-2015.  

Accordingly, the Board of Directors is announcing a Rabbi Fund Drive: We need to raise at least $25,000 by the end of December to ensure enough seed money to undertake the process of hiring a rabbi. That's less than 55 days away. But here's the best news about this fund drive: Before we've even started, we're already half-way there. The eight members of your Board of Directors have pledged to match, dollar-for-dollar, the first $12,000 that is raised.

So please consider making or pledging donation to Kadima's Rabbi Fund Drive. We are 36 years young (double chai)--let's start off the Jewish New Year and the next 36 years with a bold step forward! To contribute to Kadima's Rabbi Fund, you can:

  • Make a donation via Network for Good (where Kadima is a non-profit client), indicating that your gift is for the Rabbi Fund
  • Write a check to Kadima, note "Rabbi Fund" on the memo line, and mail it to 12353 8th Ave. NE, Seattle WA  98125
  • Call the office between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays or Wednesdays and provide the office with your credit card number
  • If you are a Kadima member, you may add a Rabbi Fund Drive gift to your Kadima account; please contact the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to do so.

Kol tuv,

The Kadima Board of Directors

Sima Kahn, President

Leah Haseley

Jonathan Rosenblum, Vice President

Suzie Hellerstein

Doug Brown

Alison Miller

Richard Ginnis

Karen Wolkofsky

 

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