KESHER: LSS Community Connection
Get Involved! Become a Volunteer!
LSS, first and foremost, provides its members with a place to daven and pray, but it’s also a place to learn, to celebrate, to belong and, hopefully, to make that connection that creates a community. The paradox of community is that the more one gives, the more one gets back. And that’s where KESHER comes in.
About a year ago, the shul received a grant from STAR (Synagogues: Transformation and Renewal), a UJA program designed to energize American Jewish communities through congregational innovation and connections. Shul leaders, along with Rabbi Robinson, felt that the shul could best be served by expanding our volunteer network to tend to the needs of our own community. STAR’s grant provided us with the services of a consultant, who helped a steering committee put together a campaign to promote volunteerism in the shul. And so KESHER was born.
The premise of KESHER, the Hebrew word for connection, is that the shul is our home; let’s take care of it. With a beautiful new building on the horizon, and a general sense of renewal and rejuvenation, now is the time to build and grow for the future by mining our greatest resource–our members. A community is only as vibrant and alive as its individuals, and we need to involve as many of us as possible.
The KESHER initiative has a number of goals. First, we need to make sure that we have a good handle on our membership, by updating contact information and finding out what makes each of us tick, shul-wise that is. Secondly, we’d like to get members involved in shul activities, from volunteer committees to classes to greeting strangers on Shabbat. This is an all-around program geared to connecting to the shul, the community and the stranger sitting next to you on Shabbat.
Towards this end, over the coming year, each member of the shul will receive a call from a shul volunteer to find out more about our collective pool of talent, abilities and interests. There will be NO REQUESTS FOR DONATIONS. This is not about fund-raising; it’s about doing chesed, helping the shul and getting the necessary done. But it’s also about having fun, meeting new friends, and renewing and enhancing the LSS community connection.
So stay tuned - KESHER is coming your way. We look forward to connecting with you over the coming months and finding out not only what we can do for you but what you can do for the shul.