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July 2019 / 5779 Tamuz

Dear Friends and Fellow Congregants,

While JHJC members are still enjoying summer fun in the mountains, Jews around the world prepare for the Days of Awe as the Hebrew calendar year of 5779 comes to a close. Just as in previous years, we’d like to acknowledge how the valley’s oldest Jewish congregation continues to grow and the many ways we deepen our connections to the people of Jackson Hole, and beyond.

This past year renewed our awareness of the safety and security of our congregation. Following the horrifying attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, our board of directors and staff created a Security Committee. This committee composed a draft security policy which included hiring security guards, determining ways to harden our space and applying for security grants. The committee will continue to work on building a safer environment for our congregants and visitors.

The JHJC Board of Directors said “lehitraot” (so long!) to co-president Josh Kleyman after serving on the board for 12 years. We are deeply grateful for his dedication to the JHJC leadership. He will remain active in the congregation as the Bet Sefer principal and leading services. The JHJC board welcomes new board member, Ben Goldberg. Ben and his wife, Robin, have lived in Jackson Hole for three years. Ben is an attorney and Robin is a teacher at the Middle School.

We have enjoyed an incredible year thanks to your participation and contributions, be they financial or volunteering. We were able to offer twice per month Shabbat services, community dinners and amazing cultural and educational opportunities, including sponsoring Batsheva Dance Company and presentations from the Israeli Consul general in Los Angeles. We can only do this with your help and participation.

Our congregation is only as vibrant and active as its membership. Your support makes a huge difference and helps build our community. Renew your membership, become a member, share a donation, come to events and services, or volunteer. Your membership dues, your yearly gifts and your direct participation in events and as volunteers are vital in continuing to support the JHJC as a dynamic hub for Jewish life in Jackson Hole.

Whether you’re a newcomer to the JHJC, or if you are a founding member, we hope you will join us as we celebrate and engage in our active and vital Jewish community in this place we are all so fortunate to call home.

—— b’Shalom

Mike Scher and Kevin Krasnow,

JHJC Co-Presidents

JHJC Membership Privileges and Activities
    • Free tickets to High Holiday services
    • Bet Sefer (fees not included in membership dues)
    • Monthly newsletters
    • Participation in adult education programs
    • Reduced rate for ticketed social activities & parties
    • Reduced ticket price for Passover and other holiday celebrations
    • Reduced rate for Spirit of the Mountains Summer Camp
    • Yerzeit Remembrances