For the first time ever, we will all be able to spin dreidels, eat jelly donuts (sufganiyot) and watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday morning, as a prelude to the turkey, stuffing, and latkes during the Dallas Cowboys game later in the day. But this holiday should really be much more than an excuse to clog our arteries. If we are lucky enough to have family and close friends, Thursday is a day to be with and simply enjoy one another.
But in so doing, we should also pause to reflect that this holiday serves as a double reminder of the historic sacrifices made by and the miracles achieved by our Jewish (Maccabee) and American (Pilgrim) ancestors.
Many of us have so very much for which to be thankful. But there are too many of us in greater Jewish Rhode Island who, for various psycho-socio-economic reasons, will not be feasting joyously, let alone be surrounded by their loved ones. For those of us in positions to make a difference, we need to remember the less fortunate members of our local and international community, via financial and/or volunteer support.
Accordingly, please allow me to ask each of you to continue or begin contributing to our Alliance 2014 Annual Campaign, as well as our new Living on the Edge Needs Initiative that was born out of the Brandeis Poverty Study. To date, I am elated to report–because of and thanks to you–we have raised over $2 million for our Campaign (including $114,000 on Super Sunday), and over $800,000 for our Needs Initiative. Together, we all need to do our best to ensure that the Thanksgivukkah candles of Tzedakah (charity) and Tikun Olam (repairing the world) burn brightly throughout the year to benefit everyone in our community.
My sincerest best holiday and early Shabbat wishes always,