Since Roneet’s passing, I have embarked upon a few different philanthropic endeavors to honor her memory.
The establishment of The Roneet Kimeldorf Carmell Center for Jewish Life is the most ambitious in terms of the financial commitment and the legacy created.
So why did I want to take on a significant role in this?
I am a huge fan of Rabbi Shuey Eliezrie and his extraordinary commitment and dedication to Judaism. He creates a place of warmth that is welcoming to any and all in the community that wants to worship the important Jewish milestones in their lives.
With who Roneet was as a person, I thought it would be symbiotic, creating a legacy that she would be proud of. Upon completing The Roneet Kimeldorf Carmell Center for Jewish Life, I envision kids running around on the playground while their families attend services. I also picture families proudly having Bar and Bat Mitzvahs for their children there. What filled Roneet with joy was celebrating with family and friends, especially during traditional Jewish events and milestones.
Roneet not only lived for the moment but also had incredible ideals and values and had a powerful moral code that would allow her to keep her eye on the big picture and long-term future goals. She had an uncanny ability to see how decisions made today could have consequences down the line. Her heart could forgive, and she was so kind and compassionate. She truly felt the pain of others and gave of herself in every interaction.
Roneet was the embodiment of doing good deeds for others, bringing people together. She was a connector. With this new synagogue and learning center, we will have the potential to do the same by bringing the community together to worship, learn, celebrate monumental life events, and to experience the totality of life.
I am honored to play my part to help bring people together in ways that Roneet did so naturally and joyfully while she was alive and will continue long after I join her in eternity.
December 2020 Update:
I am happy to report that progress has been made on the Roneet Kimeldorf Carmell Center for Jewish Life. A beautiful rendering has been completed, and the process has begun seeking approval to build. Here is an update from Rabbi Shuey Eliezrie
One Year after the purchase of the land for the future Jewish synagogue to honor Roneet, we are excited to share with you that we have submitted the preliminary plans to the county planning commission. The new campus will include a wonderful library, classrooms for children, a synagogue, a social hall, and a spacious kitchen to host events. It will also include a seven thousand square feet backyard with ample room for a playground, patio, etc…Thank you to all of the family and friends that helped to purchase the land. Thank you to the architect’s Sid Paul and Tony & Iris Goldman for their generous effort to design something very special. These plans are conceptual and are subject to change over the course of the planning process.
Here are a few of the preliminary drawings: