Special High Holy Day Appeal

Help Meet the Kogut Family Match

For an Unshakeable CAA

Help your congregation match an extraordinary gift from the Reuben Kogut Family and make certain our ability to provide virtual and actual services in 5781 goes undiminished.

Reuben Kogut is a beloved member of our community. A past-president (1979-1980) and former chair of the Religious School, he served on several rabbinic search committees. He’s long been a go-to person for advice about the synagogue’s welfare. His wife, Estelle (a”h) “Etsy” grew up in the Congregation, and her father, the Reverend Tanenbaum, was its first spiritual leader. Etsy also held numerous offices including President of the Sisterhood, Co-Chair of the Torah Dedication Committee, President of Hadassah and Fundraising Vice President for B’nai Brith Women. She always had a smile on her face and a joke on her lips.

Reuben Kogut has joined the 10For10 membership group and the Kogut Family has given $70,000 to Congregation Agudas Achim to match contributions through the end of October.

The Kogut Family will match your contributions to either of the following events. Please give today.

  • The Kol Nidrei Appeal: This is our traditional appeal made on Kol Nidrei, as we begin Yom Kippur. This year, of course, the appeal will be virtual. Funds raised will be split between our current budget needs (72%) and the permanent Aytz Chaim Endowment (28%), which provides funds for educational, cultural and religious opportunities for members of CAA. Click here to pledge to this year’s Kol Nidrei Appeal.

 

  • A Day for CAA: For All of the Good that We Do: This untraditional fund-raiser will take place online on October 27, and will highlight the incredible impact that your congregation has on congregants and the community through its people and organizations. Co-hosted for the first time by both the Board of Directors and Aytz Chaim, you will be able to contribute to both the shul’s immediate needs and its forever endowment at Aytz Chaim, which provides funds for educational, cultural and religious opportunities for members of CAA. There’s even an auction of art created by congregants. Click here to contribute early to A Day for CAA.

Our ask is simple: support these two campaigns to the best of your abilities. If you are so blessed, become a major sponsor, like the Koguts. For sponsorship information, contact Vice President for Fundraising Jyll Vertuno (512-833-8124).

Be a part of “Unshakeable CAA.’’


Background: Estelle and Reuben Kogut

The-Koguts-55th-Anniversary-vertical-1For more than 50 years, Reuben and “Etsy” (a”h) honored Congregation Agudas Achim with their leadership, support, and devotion.

Reuben served in numerous offices and positions including President of the Congregation. He served as the Chairman of the Religious School and the B’nai Mitzvah Policy Committee and as a member of several Rabbi Search Committees. He has always been one of the “go to” people for advice, but he gave more than just advice.

Estelle “Etsy” grew up in the Congregation, and her father, the Reverend Tanenbaum, was its first spiritual leader for many years. Etsy also held numerous offices including President of the Sisterhood, Co-Chair of the Torah Dedication Committee, President of Hadassah and Fundraising Vice President for B’nai Brith Women. She was also the bookkeeper for the Sisterhood Judaica Gift Shop. She always had a smile on her face and a joke on her lips.

Etsy and Reuben were married in the Congregation. Agudas Achim was always a major factor in their lives. They gave their time, energy and resources. They took an active role on the planning committee for the 1st Kosher Chili Cook-off. On a community level, Reuben and Etsy were instrumental in revitalizing AIPAC in Austin, and supporting the JCAA, helping it become the wonderful institution it is today. They were major supporters of Hillel and were involved with the dedication of the new Hillel facility.

Reuben was one of the founding Trustees of the Aytz Chaim Endowment Trust. Aytz Chaim provides financial support for educational, cultural and religious programming for the Congregation, scholarships for the Religious School, the Austin Jewish Academy, Jewish camps, and much more. Many members get support from The Kogut Family Fund and The Steve Kogut Israel Scholarship Fund for various needs. Reuben and Etsy were considered pillars of the Congregation and Community, and Reuben is still an outstanding person in CAA and the Jewish community.