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Win Big!

Dear Friend,

I would like to thank our many valued partners who have made contributions during 2016. Our open synagogue, trailblazing Jewish  Montessori  preschool, top-notch adult education and so much more is only possible thanks to people like you!

As we enter the final weeks of 2016, we have launched a year-end campaign to help us end the year on a strong financial footing. OUR GOAL IS TO RAISE $50,000 before January 1, 2017. To do that, we're running a raffle with great prizes. The Grand Prize is $10,000, making your charitable gift a triple win: While helping Chabad build for a Jewish future with a fully tax deductible donation, you're entered to win great prizes. We are confident that with your support we can reach our goal.

As you consider your year-end contributions, I ask that you please include Chabad at Beekman-Sutton and make a generous contribution to the raffle . 

Your partnership in our vital work will reduce your tax burden and is an "investment" that will yield everlasting returns. Children and adults engaged in meaningful Jewish experiences today ensure the future of Judaism for our children, as generations before us have ensured it for us. Your assistance helps us reach out to the community at large with Jewish awareness and educaton, in addition to helping us cover our school and synagogue budget. 

We are committed to building and strengthening our community. We can't do it without you.

You may not be aware that Chabad at Beekman-Sutton is financially independent and supported entirely by local donors. We are a not-for-profit and federally approved 501(c) (3) organization. All donations are raised locally and stay local and are 100% tax deductible. You may send your check to the address below or make a donation online by clicking  here. 

Single raffle tickets are $36, and you can increase your chances (and your mitzvah) with ticket packages, $300 for 10 tickets, $770 for 25 tickets, and $1000 for 30 tickets.

With the help of dedicated supporters from our local community, Chabad has been bringing light to NYC for ten years now. Help us keep that light burning strongly with a year end contribution.

Raffle Drawing will take place on January 8, 2017. I hope you win!

Thank you very much for your friendship and support,

Sincerely,

Rabbi Shmuel Metzger

P.S. Please join us on Sutton Place and East 57th Street, on Sunday December 25, 4:00pm for our 10th annual grand Menorah lighting celebration, a celebration of light and Jewish pride for the entire community, and one of many projects directly funded by your participation in this raffle. Happy Chanukah!

25 Years Later

Dear Friend,

This week marks 25 years since the disbanding of the Soviet Union and the end of the cold war, and the beginning of complete religious freedom for Soviet Jewry. Even for people like myself, who had been hearing the Lubavitcher Rebbe foretell this event for many years, the swift and non violent fall of a vast communist empire was astonishing and miraculous, nothing short of a modern day Exodus from Egypt. "Let my People Go!", the battle cry of the worldwide Jewish community in the 70's and 80's, became a reality as tens of thousands of our brothers and sisters emigrated to the US and Israel and enjoyed their first taste of religious freedom.

Twenty five years later is a good time to reflect on these monumental events and remind ourselves of the latter half of the above mentioned verse: "Let me people go..so they may serve Me!" Religious freedom is a gift we have been granted, and one that nearly every Jew in the entire world can enjoy today. What a blessing this is! In a world of many frightening and dark possibilities, remember that we live in a very special era, one where all the wonder and wisdom of our Jewish heritage is open and available to us. If you're looking for a 2017 resolution, here's my suggestion: Take advantage of your personal religious freedom and study some Torah. Raizy and I are running multiple Torah learning opportunities here in the Sutton Place area, see below for details, and join us!

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Shmuel Metzger 

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