£1.6m Kol Nidre goal

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community Life -

UJIA HOPES that syn­a­gogue-go­ers will put aside their credit-crunch con­cerns to raise a record £1.6 mil­lion from this year’s Kol Nidre ap­peal, for projects at home and in Is­rael.

“We are sen­si­tive to the un­cer­tain eco­nomic cli­mate and ex­pect there may be a slight knock-on ef­fect,” said Kol Nidre co-or­di­na­tor Si­mon Mar­go­lis. “But we do hope that the com­mu­nity will recog­nise their sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity to char­i­ta­ble giv­ing, es­pe­cially at this time of year.

“How­ever dif­fi­cult it is for us, think how much more dif­fi­cult it is for those who de­pend on our sup­port. The needs of our com­mu­nity here and in the Galil are still great.”

The ap­peal is sup­ported by the United Syn­a­gogue, Re­form Ju­daism and Span­ish and Por­tuguese Con­gre­ga­tion. Over 120 syn­a­gogues will be in­volved and the or­gan­is­ers es­ti­mate that they will reach over 100,000 peo­ple on Yom Kip­pur. The mes­sage this year is “For­giv­ing”.

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