Messages from Leadership
Message from The Rabbi and Rebbitzen
Message from Brian and Suzanne Marcus
Message from The Rabbi and Rebbitzen
As we return the Torah to the Ark, we are reminded of the words of King Solomon: "עץ חיים היא למחזיקים בה - The Torah is like a Tree of Life." For 36 years, Adat has been the source of that life, providing a life of Torah to La Jolla. We are humbled to be part of this incredible community and Torah center.
But as Shlomo HaMelech  writes, it isn't enough that the Torah is a source of life. We need to hold onto it, attach ourselves to it, and support it. This year's Gala celebrates our collective efforts to support our Torah center in La Jolla, especially those who have done so for more than 18 years.
We have had an amazing year of continued and new programming and classes, full seats at Minyanim and Shabbos and Yom Tov services, and reaching many new members. We strive to extend the branches of our Etz Chaim to every Jew in La Jolla and San Diego, giving "Etz Chaim" to all.
As we celebrate this milestone of 36 years, we continue the legacy from Har Sinai of providing an Etz Chaim for all. When we stood at Har Sinai, almost 3,300 years ago, we stood as one, recognizing that each one of us matters. For the Jewish people to thrive, we need full participation and engagement by each member of our single unit. It is integral that each member of Klal Yisroel has access and entry to the Torah.
Shlomo Hamelech writes that the result of עץ חיים היא למחזיקים בה, through the Support of the magnificent Torah in La Jolla, “ותומכיה מאושר - its supporters rejoice.” We should be blessed that with all of us coming together to support our "Etz Chaim," we will achieve the greatest joy of all - the joy of an Etz Chaim for us and for future generations.
Mazel tov!
Rabbi Daniel and Brooke Reich
Message from Brian and Suzanne Marcus
President's Gala Message
Today we celebrate those members of 18 years or more, who comprise the bedrock of this community.
The theme for this DOUBLE CHAI (36-year anniversary) Gala is "Etz Chaim" (Tree of Life), a powerful metaphor for the Torah. Just as a tree grows from a tiny seed, so too does our understanding and relationship with the Divine. The tree's roots ground us in our traditions, while its branches reach toward the heavens, symbolizing our aspirations and potential for growth.
Our members who have been with us for 18 years ago or more are our roots. We are sustained today for a brighter future by those loyal individuals, who have shown what it means to volunteer, to open their homes and hearts to all.
We express our deep gratitude to three essential groups that are the lifeblood of the shul:
First, our essential staff, especially Rabbi Reich and Rebbitzen Brooke, who have made an impact on so many lives, but also the Sapirs and the Ertels as well as the people who keep everything running, Annette Olson, Catharine Simolari and Milton Garcia.
Second, the extraordinary women of our community. Through their tireless volunteer work, they have embodied the essence of “chesed” – loving-kindness. They have devoted countless hours to ensure that our community functions smoothly and remains a welcoming place.
Third, the men who form the backbone of our daily minyan. It is comforting to know that Adat is a shul where there is always a minyan, regardless of weather or season.
We invite every member of our community to support this fundraiser. Every act of generosity counts. May we continue to uplift one another, as we have done for generations.
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