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A Letter From Rabbi COoper

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February 13, 2019 / 8 Adar I 5779

 

“Someone Should Do Something About That!”

 

The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia Needs our Support

 

Rabbi Neil S. Cooper, Temple Beth Hillel – Beth El, Wynnewood, PA

 

Watching the 11:00 news is a poor television choice prior to going to sleep.  The news at night is the stuff of which nightmares are made.  There we hear about the violence and pain that permeates so much of this world.  Most of us would rather not think about it—and certainly not before retiring to our dreams.

 

Yet we are neither blind nor deaf.  We hear our world crying out to us for help, support and/or repair.  Still, we remain overwhelmed by the magnitude of the need.  We become paralyzed, unable to address any one problem without feeling guilty for not solving others. For some, discussing the problems of the world is like discussing the weather:  we all talk about it, but no one does anything about it.  In the Jewish Community, however, someone is doing something about it.  That “someone” is the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia (JFGP). 

 

When an elderly person lacks basic nourishment or medication, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia is there.  When a family is in crisis, JF&CS is there.  From finding suitable employment (JEVS) to providing psychological support, the Jewish Federation is there to help us locally.  When it comes to caring for Jews in far-flung communities, “Hesed” Houses located in countries throughout Eastern Europe and Russia are there to assure that the needs of fellow Jews can be met.  When a natural disaster strikes on the other side of the world or here at home, Federation responds.  When programs in Israel need to be supported, we are represented there by way of the Jewish Federation.  

 

We live in a world of prosperity yet there remain millions who are hungry, some even starving. In a world of technological advances, there is a never-ending flow of people leaving their homes on foot to find a better life.  We are neither blind nor deaf to those in need.  To respond in a compassionate and Jewish way, we have the Jewish Federation.

 

On Sunday, February 24, JFGP will hold its annual “Super Sunday.”  During that one day, thousands within the Jewish Community will be asked to support JFGP.  If you can help by making calls, click this link to sign up.  I urge your participation.   If you can’t make calls, your contributions are gratefully accepted. I hope that you will join me in one way or the other.

 

When we see something that should be fixed, when we find someone who needs help, when we say, “someone should do something,” that “someone” is Federation.  Federation deserves our support.

 

The Barbara and Harvey Brodsky Enrichment Center of JFCS*
345 Montgomery Avenue.
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

* child care will be available at this location

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