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Reimagined Gala 2020

Dear University Synagogue Family, 


The safety and wellbeing of our congregation is always our top priority. Due to the coronavirus crisis and as opportunities to come together in large groups continues to change it is necessary for us to reimagine our 2020 Chai Seas Gala Sunday, April 26, 2020. (We delayed sending this letter, as we had hoped to have more clarity about scheduling events, however the guidance as to future opportunities to come together in large groups continues to change.) We plan to celebrate in a reimagined fashion as a community later this summer or in early fall, and as soon as we have more concrete information, we will provide updates as to these plans. 


The funds typically raised through our University Synagogue Gala are critical in normal circumstances but are even more precious now as they enable us to address the overwhelming challenges we anticipate in the coming weeks. With this crisis bearing down on the synagogue, our schools and our families, we need the community's support more than ever. 


Thank you to those who have already supported the Gala with donations for the auction, ticket purchases and sponsorships. Due to the uncertainty of travel, the cancellation of concerts, and sporting events, we will work with donors in the hopes that these items and experiences can be used during next year’s 2021 Spring Gala.  


If you have not yet made a financial commitment in 2020, to the Gala or otherwise, please do so below if you can. If you have already made your gift, we are deeply appreciative and ask that you consider an additional donation to ensure that the growing needs of this pandemic are addressed.  


Thank you so much for your patience and understanding and support as we all try to navigate the many challenges in the coming weeks.


With gratitude,


Brian Lazarus, VP of Development
Fern Topas Salka, Co-President
Jen Haarmann, Co-President & Treasurer
Toby Berkow, Executive Director

Thank you to our sponsors:

Crystal Tables:
Donald & Linda Kaplan
Erwin & Caren Sokol

Signature Tables:
Jeff & Lisa Cohen and Stanley Iezman & Nancy Stark
Brian & Heather Lazarus and Mitch Viner & Jennifer Haarmann

Formal Dining:
Harvey & Mara Fein
Todd & Doreen Gelfand
Alan & Lynda Goldman
Henry & Ruth Lynn Sobel
Roy & Julia Weinstein

Event Sponsor:                                                                       Dessert Sponsor:
Fri, June 25 2021 15 Tammuz 5781