Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
As fundraising slowly takes shape, we’re asking everyone to dig deep. It’s not easy, we know, but neither is making the synagogue a building that reflects our vibrant, expanding community. Just think about the improvements we’ll see come the High Holidays, and the start of Hebrew and Sunday schools. We’re asking you to think of the future too.
If we can raise $300,000 by May 7, the Matcher’s Minyan will double that. That’s only two days away, so if you haven’t helped yet, please do so – and if you have, maybe there’s more? Or encourage your friends and neighbors to give a gift.
There’s also a host of other ways to continue giving, and they are certainly welcome and encouraged. So if now’s not the time for your contribution, please consider us in the coming weeks and months.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Bids now coming in for synagogue work show that prices look to be approximately $500,000 less than previously thought.
That's right -- a half million dollars less!
According to those in the know, the difference has to do with an overall drop in the cost of construction since the economy tanked (and since the first part of this Capital Campaign was launched).
We've done our part, cutting the cost significantly -- won't you do yours, and contribute to the fund so we can start fixing our synagogue?
Thursday, January 21, 2010
The exhibit kicks off with a reception and cocktails Saturday, March 6, at PSJC.
More details to follow, but for now, please mark your calenders!
Monday, January 4, 2010
The Maintenance Committee's Ezra Goldstein shed some light on the most pressing issues. The front steps were sealed in the fall, but leaks have begun again, exacerbated by December's snow. Cracks riddle the stairs, and someone has to make sure there's a big trash can in the boiler room to catch the drips that fall from every major snow or rain storm.
The current synagogue entrance was never meant to be anything more than a side door, and the traffic, as well as misuse from those who try to force the door, constantly wears out the lock.
"And, of course, there is the regular winter problem of the inadequate on the north side of the building," Ezra said. "I'm hoping we can make it to spring before we have to get the drain snaked out again. We'll see if a lake starts to form in the side yard as all this snow melts."
He's still waiting to hear how much a new lock would cost. A stop-gap for the steps runs $350. A bid for $3,000 would more permanently seal the steps, although not indefinitely. Snaking the drain runs $125 every time -- money that likely could be better spent on a more reliable fix.
Monday, December 21, 2009
- · Who were the people responsible for our beautiful building?
- · How did the synagogue begin and grow?
- · What did the space look like over the years and how did it change?
- Photos of the shul - interior or exterior - the earlier the better!
- Any existing historical information that you know of, such as membership records, deeds, donations ...
- Any names of people you remember from your early days at the shul, and if you happen to know of children or grandchildren of those members.
- Any other interesting tidbit about the shul building or past that you might have.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
First up: the men's room. In this case, photos definitely speak louder than words. While arguably only used by about half the congregation, at the same time, we think you'll agree it's pretty bad. We're not talking about out-of-date color or missing toilet paper, but cracked doors, broken tile and heaven knows what on the walls (I believe that would be the leak damage).
What fixes does PSJC most need in your eyes? Let us know, and we'll describe and shoot it in future blog entries.
David Cooper braved the men's room for the following photos.