Although the summer is just beginning, it is not too early to start thinking about the High Holidays season. Please find enclosed the High Holidays seating application.
The Yamim Noraim set the spiritual and emotional tone in our lives for the year. We are fortunate to have Rabbi Zwickler, Rabbi Bleicher and Rabbi Sharbat, as well as our wonderful Baalei Tfillah, in all of our minyanim, to enhance our davening. Thankfully, we have many extremely dedicated members involved in various committees, currently contributing hours of their time so that we may enjoy our chagim. We are all beneficiaries of their chesed and selflessness.
The Seating Committee, in particular, will be spending much of their summer tackling the challenge of seating approximately 1,000 people. In order to assist them in this daunting task, we are asking you to return the enclosed seating application no later than July 29th specifying your requests clearly. Please consider the committee’s difficult job and understand that you might ultimately need to be flexible regarding your seat assignments.
We would kindly ask all members to please be sure that their accounts are current. If you are in need of special consideration in this area, please contact Anne Goldberg, Larry Liebman, Chaim Silverman or myself. All details will remain confidential.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding. I wish everyone an enjoyable and healthy summer.
Mitch Cohen. President
GUIDELINES 2012 HIGH HOLIDAYS SEATING
1. Applications will be processed and seat assignments will be made on 8/1/12 for all members who satisfy the following requirements.
(a) Application with accompanying payment for seats received by the Shul by 8/1/12. Members with past due accounts (amounts billed prior to 6/1/12) must either
I. Pay your past due account in full or
II. Speak to our Executive Director (Anne Goldberg) or a member of the hardship and collections committee (Mitch Cohen, Larry Liebman, Chaim Silvmerman) to make alternate payment arrangements.
Failure to satisfy these requirements could result in loss of priority for seat assignments in 2012. Applications submitted without payment and/or resolution of past due accounts will not be processed, and will be returned to the applicant.
2. Priority for seat assignment (where priority includes the allocation of seat and a preference for the same or similar locations as the previous year) will be given as follows for applications satisfying the above requirements.
(a) Members & their families (including visiting extended family) who had seats in 2011.
(b) Members & their families (including visiting extended family) who did not have seats in 2011.
(c) Non-family guests of members visiting for the High Holidays who had seats in 2011.
(d) Non-family guests of members visiting for the High Holidays who did not have seats in 2011.
(e) Non-members living in West Orange.
If there are more applications for any of the above priority ranking categories than available seats, we will allocate seats on the basis of a lottery.
3. Seats will not be sold to children below 4th grade.
4. Members who buy seats for purposes of retaining their priority ranking in future years and do not attend during either Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur, may not give their seats to others. The Shul will ask permission to use such seats for the year for people for whom seats are not available.
5. CHILDREN IN ISRAEL OPTION: If your child will be attending Yeshiva in Israel, an option to retain the child’s seats for future years at a special rate is available. See chart on application. This seat, however, will be used as needed by the Shul during the current year.
We are happy to inform you that this year’s BAALEI TEFILLAH are:
Sanctuary/Auditorium: Doni Israeli , Steve Schwartz, Larry Cohen (Tkiat Shofer)
Beit Medrash: Rich Sobin, Rabbi Chaim Block, Gary Eisenberg (Tkiat Shofer)
3rd Minyan: Shmulie Pineles, Jack Becker, Charlie Feldman (Tkiat Shofer)