Shabbat Shalom: Our Commitment to Tikkun Olam
Passover begins this evening, and Jews across the world will gather around Seder tables to tell the story of our exodus from Egypt. I am always amazed at how relevant that retelling is each year, and how its teachings parallel events in the present day. The plight of the Jewish people makes me think of those who suffer around the world, as well as in our state, and how we might offer help. One of my favorite customs has always been to open the door of my house not just to welcome Elijah, but to anyone who may be hungry so that they may come and eat.
The Jewish Alliance and its Community Relations Council (CRC) are working to address some of the modern-day plagues
facing our state and our world, poverty being one of them. Please join us on Sunday, April 28th at 10:00am, as we partner with Temple Beth-El to prepare more than 30,000 meals for those in need. For more information on this volunteer opportunity, please click here
. It is through these types of concrete actions that our Rhode Island Jewish community can support those in need and address immediate needs like hunger.
This year Passover falls on Earth Day, drawing even more attention to our responsibility to take care of our planet. Climate change will be a focal point of the CRC. I am excited to share that the Jewish Alliance will be pursuing a Hazon Seal of Sustainability
, demonstrating our commitment to leading sustainability efforts in the national Jewish community. A team from the Alliance is developing action items to advance education, action, and advocacy on climate change. After completing this year’s projects, their goal is to support other local Jewish institutions in doing the same. As part of our commitment to tikkun olam
,we are also exploring options to change our building’s energy consumption to use sources of 100% renewable energy.
The work we do would not be possible without your support, which includes your time and your financial contributions. We are nearing the end of our Annual Campaign, and have about $100,000 left to raise for the community by June. If you have not yet made a gift, I hope you will considering doing so. Through the support of generous donors, every new or increased gift made in the next few weeks will be matched dollar for dollar up to $5000
. We hope you will support these important efforts
Passover is a time for all of us to come together, to celebrate our freedom and to remember that we were once slaves in the land of Egypt. As we celebrate and give thanks for that freedom, let’s recommit ourselves to creating a strong, vibrant Jewish community here in Rhode Island and around the world.
Wishing you a peaceful Shabbat, and a meaningful Passover.
President & CEO