In this area and the surrounding boroughs, there are over 22,000 Jews. Most of them are not synagogue affiliated. I know plenty of young Jews and families who are moving eastwards, looking to live in affordable suburbs.
Growth is hard. It requires extra work and needs everyone to volunteer. Above all, it requires faith.
The prophet Isaiah lived in Ancient Israel at a time when it was depleted and disheartened, surrounded by bigger empires. In this week's haftarah, he tells them that they will be great again; they just have to believe in themselves.
The greatest tool any community has is its confidence. If we can foster an attitude of optimism, that is the first step towards growing this community. We already have a fantastic council, a beautiful choir, dedicated members, and a wealth of tradition. It's time we start telling people how much we have to offer. Let's spread the word about SWESRS: this is an amazing synagogue, and it is going to grow.
Student Rabbi Lev