Year End Campaign

  • December 2020 

    Dear Friends,

    As we approach January 1, we are reflecting on what this most unpredictable year has meant for us all. The Covid pandemic has brought into sharper contrast the most valued aspects of all of our lives and highlighted the central role of human and G-dly connections. Chabad of Silver Spring has not only remained open as a vibrant center for Jewish life, we are blessed to have grown and adapted as a community under these trying circumstances.

    2020 began as many recent years have for Chabad with a vibrant and growing shul community, intensive planning for Camp Gan Israel and The Gan Montessori, celebrations, and learning in the shul, and individual connections and relationships within the Silver Spring community. The closure of the shul and preschool on March 13 brought in-person activities to a halt, but Chabad immediately transitioned to new ways of connecting and learning. Classes, gatherings, and even the preschool transitioned to Zoom. Chabad began making regular deliveries of flowers, gifts, and other items to community members who could not leave their homes. The annual Pesach guide that we mail to households in the area suddenly took on a new significance as many made seders at home for the first time or the first time in many years. Our annual Lag B'Omer celebration became a musical highlight for the neighborhood surrounding the shul as our parade brought the celebration to people's doorsteps.

    The shul reopened with ever-growing, Covid-sensitive outdoor services. Virtual and socially-distanced, in-person classes for men and women, expanded Bat Mitzvah Club and CTeen programs for youth, our biggest ever Hebrew school meets in small groups and on Zoom cemented our shul's commitment to Jewish education and learning even in challenging times. We have also been fortunate to be able to assist families with kashering kitchens, purchasing mezuzot, and safe visits to older or high-risk community members. Our Jewish Art calendar brought a useful guide to Jewish life into over 5000 homes in and around Silver Spring.

    The summer brought more changes and adaptations. Camp Gan Israel was reconfigured to feature 23 small group locations with new health and safety measures in place. The children enjoyed crafts, entertainers, sports, and the amazing Gan Izzy spirit safely in person after a long spring of virtual school. 

    The Gan Montessori reopened with a small class in the summer, but expanded its enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year to serve over 65 children with carefully-managed Covid safety protocols in place. Our devoted and caring teachers have truly made this year one of education, safety, and emotional and spiritual nurturing for the children.

    Chabad was blessed to be able to welcome all who wished to register for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in 5 different services throughout the holidays. There was even programming for kids in socially-distanced outdoor settings. Our Simchat Torah celebration capped these beautiful weeks with a sense of unity, joy, and renewal.

    All of these programs have come with greater expenses than we could have ever planned for this year. Chabad has hired extra staff just for Covid-safety measures and cleaning, purchased personal protective equipment for staff and attendees, install an outdoor facility for the shul and school, and take on many other large and small expenses due to the ongoing pandemic. Additionally, some donations and other sources of income, such as facility rentals, have stopped almost altogether. 

    We are so grateful to all of our friends and supporters who have made 2020 a year of community, growth, and spiritual connection. Your continued support and participation in Chabad's activities strengthens us as we look to the future. Please join Chabad with your contribution by returning a check in the enclosed envelope or making a donation on our website. Your financial support will help us close this year on strong footing as we plan for another year of outreach, growth, connection, and learning.


    Rabbi Berel and Chaya Wolvovsky

  • We are seeking 20 families to join the year end campaign at the $1800 level to help offset costs associated with the Covid-19 pandemic. Thank you!

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