As the Jewish calendar year of 5774 winds its way towards its inevitable conclusion next week, it is now time for us to press the pause buttons on our respective DVD machines in order to reflect upon the deeds we either did, did not or should have performed in the preceding months. During this month of Elul, we are given an annual opportunity to perform self-assessments, make amends, seek repentance, lovingly memorialize our departed, and pray that we start the year 5775 anew with a clean slate, health and happiness, and positively ascribed fates. It is thus no small wonder why the period between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are considered to be the Days of Awe!
As I reflect upon the past year, I am tremendously gratified that we, with the unbelievably generous support and dedication of our donors and volunteers, raised more than $3.15 million for our 2014 Annual Campaign, $136,000 for our brothers and sisters in Israel this summer, and over $1.4 million for our Living on the Edge poverty initiative. For this and so many other reasons, I am fortunate and proud to be leading the Alliance. To take a line from Fiddler on the Roof, Rhode Island may not exactly be the (economic) Garden of Eden. But when it comes to heart, conviction and compassion, King Solomon’s mines should only have been so golden.
Being a good soul is neither a monthly nor a seasonal activity. Indeed, we should all try to do, be, and give our best on a daily basis. In my mind, we must own this collective responsibility. The fact that my best may differ from your best is irrelevant. But if we all band together, give back, and do all that we can do for our families, friends, co-workers, and community members, especially our less fortunate, then, as we move forward, next year will be that much sweeter for all of us.
My sincerest thanks to each and every one of you, with my heartfelt wishes for a most sweet, happy and above all healthy 5775 to you and your loved ones.
Shabbat Shalom and L’Shanah Tovah,
Jeffrey K. Savit, President & CEO