Dear B’nai Simcha Families, Friends and Community,
Happy 40th Anniversary to B’nai Simcha! We are excited to share that B’nai Simcha opened its doors to Jewish families, children and the community exactly 40 years ago! Through its many years, B’nai Simcha has been a pillar of Jewish community education in the San Gabriel Valley and the starting point for many young children to cultivate a strong Jewish identity. A school that started with several families, has now grown to 80 children. This year alone it has expanded from four classrooms to six.
B’nai Simcha was faced with many challenges this past school year, which makes this growth incredibly heart-warming and a true blessing. As we continue to grow, our goal is to provide children with more opportunities for enrichment, improved outdoor play spaces, and a rich Jewish curriculum. This can only be made possible with your support.
The only way to ensure we have a robust and flourishing early childhood education program is with community support! The important work that your generosity will allow us to do will enable our community to thrive for another 40 years and beyond.
Our goal is to raise $40,000 in 40 days (by October 10th) and we are asking for your generosity and support to help make this a reality.
Are you able to fulfill the mitzvah of Tzedakah and contribute the same or more than last year? Are you able to give $40, $400 or even $4000 to honor our 40 year anniversary? Every bit helps and every penny will go toward ensuring Bnai’s high standards of early childhood education are met as we continue to expand.
With much gratitude,
The B’nai Simcha Staff and the B’nai Simcha Parent Board of Directors
P.S. The Hebrew people lived in the lands outside of the Promised Land for "forty years.” Many Jewish leaders believe this period of years represents the time it takes for a new generation to arise (Numbers 32:13). As it happens, 40 is not an insignificant number in Jewish tradition. The Great Flood lasted 40 days and 40 nights. Moses spent 40 days on Mt. Sinai before bringing Torah to the people of Israel. There are 40 days between the beginning of Elul and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. In our tradition, 40 seems to be a span of time that invites discernment, if not quite fulfillment and understanding. In fact, there is a teaching that suggests 40 is the year we attain, or at least seek out, understanding.
40 YEARS, $40,000, 40 DAYS!
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