“In 2013 and 2014, our generation has the wonderful opportunity to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Congregation Emanu-El. The vision and generosity of our remarkable founding generation gifted us with the beautiful spiritual space which has nurtured development of the dynamic, creative and inclusive congregation we enjoy today.
"Now it’s our turn! Just as these pioneers provided for us, we have the privilege to provide for our children and grandchildren and generations to come. As my father taught me, Tikkun Olam, is the act of repairing the world and leaving our part in better condition than we found it.
"There are many ways we can help to do that and share in the pride and joy of this sacred act. In addition to supporting restoration of our historic synagogue, we have the opportunity to honour those we respect, admire and love and celebrate each other. Please be generous. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to preserve a beautiful legacy and build a strong future for ourselves, our children and grand-children and the many people near and far who benefit from this wonderful community of spirit.”
—Rabbi Harry Brechner
Videographer: John Almond