We are thrilled to announce that right before Rosh Hashanah, the MJC received a Quarter of Million Dollar Matching Challenge Grant!
New or Increased gifts of $1,800 or more are eligible. Please see details below, from the Letter to the Congregation distributed during the High Holidays:
September 2017 - Tishrei 5778
The Merrick Jewish Centre membership has contributed Two Million Dollars towards our Preserving the Promise…Ensuring the Future Capital & Endowment Campaign. We are pleased to report that more than 70% of our goal has been reached! It is also exciting to see that in the past 2 years our Endowment has more than doubled in size to $575,000!
TRANSFORMATION AND RENEWAL
Key visible areas of the building that the campaign will focus on are:
1) Beautification of the Entrances and Lobby areas
2) The expansion of our Center for Jewish Life for the purposes of accommodating additional High Holy Day seating and a much-needed Youth Lounge for our children
3) A renovation of our Ballroom so that it can serve the needs of our congregation for family times of simcha
SECURING OUR FUTURE
An Endowment is a special fund that has been set aside and conservatively invested. The principal will always remain intact. Only a portion of the growth income may be distributed on an annual basis, to be used for purposes such as innovative programming, enhancements and dues relief. The income it generates will help meet the growing needs of our synagogue in perpetuity.
A HISTORIC OPPORTUNITY!
We are excited to announce that members of the Merrick Jewish Centre have made a challenge matching grant of a Quarter of a Million Dollars to the campaign! New gifts of $1,800 or more (payable over 3 years) – or increases to an existing pledge of $1,800 or more - are eligible to be matched dollar for dollar! For example, a gift of $25,000 (payable over 5 years) would be worth $50,000 to the campaign. Needless to say we are thrilled by the dedication of these families, and now we must make good on their investment in the Merrick Jewish Centre.
We realize that there are prospective donors who justifiably want to see what they are investing in before they make a financial commitment. Others first want to see visible improvements. The challenge in this situation is that for us to make cost effective decisions while maintaining quality and durability, we need to reach our goal of $2.8 million. Contractors and designers are paid as work is being done. We are unable to commit to work without knowing how much money we have to spend.
We ask you to join us in ensuring the future of the Merrick Jewish Centre by making a meaningful pledge to this effort. While only contributions of $1,800 or more will be matched, gifts of every size will help meet the overall goals for the Capital Campaign and may be paid over time.
Please reach out to one of our Campaign Chairs (listed below) to discuss your gift, or call Jamey Kohn at the MJC office. Thank you!
Wishing you and your family a Happy, Sweet and Healthy New Year!
Joan & Blaine Land
Carolyn & Matthew Schechner
Michelle & Michael Schwartz