YISE Renovation

Rabbi Anemer zt”l has touched your life. You have been directly or indirectly effected by him. Rabbi Anemer was a pillar of our community, who founded the Yeshiva of Greater Washington, and was a leader on the Vaad, the Chevra Kadisha, the Mikvah Emunah Society of Greater Washington and the Silver Spring Eruv Association. Under Rabbi Anemer’s leadership, the frum community of Kemp Mill grew from a few dozen families to over 5,000 residents today. We owe him a debt of gratitude.

Rabbi Anemer’s shul was our Young Israel Shomrai Emunah. He nurtured and grew our congregation. Under his leadership our kehilla became so large that in 1974 he moved the main services and operations of our shul from the small University Boulevard location to the Arcola building you sit in today. The Rav was personally involved in all improvements to the shul and took great interest in them. He further expanded in the 90’s when building could no longer contain all of the activities and minyanim at the ever expanding Shomrai Emunah. He turned to us to raise the necessary funds for the expansion and the community responded enthusiastically. The successful shul extension includes the upper shul, bais midrash, shul offices and our social hall. Under Rabbi Anemer’s leadership our membership has grown, Shomrai Emunah has expanded to multiple locations, and he increased the minyonim and shiurim that take place within its walls.

Unfortunately, now the building in which Rabbi Anemer made his makom kavua is in disrepair (better word?). The wood shingles which cover the original building have aged and become damaged beyond the point of repair. Some have crumbled, others have fallen off of the building entirely.

This situation is unacceptable. Rabbi Anemer took pride in our shul. He was personally involved in all improvements to the building. In response to this growing problem Young Israel Shomrai Emunah has developed a plan to resurface the Arcola building. This new surface would wrap the rest of the building in the same look and feel that covers the shul expansion (a project approved by Rabbi Anemer). The designs for this project (see attached sheet) were reviewed by Rebbetzin Anemer and she said that our Rabbi would have been very excited by this project.

This project will stand as a memorial to Rabbi Anemer. Once this project is complete the shul will rename the Arcola building after Rabbi Anemer in recognition of his contributions to Young Israel Shomrai Emunah and the community of Greater Washington.

We need you to make this memorial a reality. The project will cost $180,000. The Shomrai Emunah Renovation and Rabbi Anemer Dedication Campaign will run through Rosh Hashana 5772/Fall 2011. If you make a gift of $1,000 or more your name will be included on the wall of funders – a commemorative plaque which will be permanently installed prominently in the shul.