As we approach the end of our 2023 Annual Campaign for Jewish Needs on June 30, I can’t help but think about what our Jewish community represents: resilience, dedication and the promise of a flourishing future. But like many Jewish communities around the world, we face many challenges. Most importantly, how will we ensure that the vibrancy of our community gets passed on to the next generation?
In the last few years, our community has rallied together to support those in need. We delivered meals, made phone calls and provided resources to help people get through difficult times. I am always struck by the spirit of generosity and compassion demonstrated by our community members. It reminds me of what it means to be Here for Good. It means investing in our community. It means supporting our agencies and synagogues to ensure that critical programs and services are available, not just during times of crisis, but every day.
For many of us, community engagement and individual priorities share a relationship. Involvement in Jewish organizations like our Jewish Federation, Jewish Day School, Jewish Family Service and JCC; attending community events; and participating in synagogue life focus on one’s spiritual engagement. Investing oneself in the community, by donating either financially or of your time and energy, builds and creates a vibrant Jewish community that, in turn, contributes to the well-being of our family, friends and neighbors.
With all our agencies and synagogues working together, the Lehigh Valley Jewish community will remain vibrant and strong. We are currently in the middle of our allocations process, where funding decisions are made to ensure the important, ongoing work of our partners. It is you, our donors and volunteers, who make this work possible. Your generosity makes the difference and delivers vital funds so we can continue to be Here for Good. Every gift makes a difference locally and beyond. We are not just funders, but community conveners, bringing people together to create a better future for us all. That is how we ensure the vibrancy of Jewish communal life for our children and grandchildren.
As we move forward, I am dedicated to keeping you apprised of our progress. We will be smart about the programs we implement and the decisions we make. We will listen to your ideas and work together to build a better future. Together, we can make a difference in order to go from strength to strength.
So, what can you do to be Here for Good? Attend community events, participate in Jewish life, volunteer your time and energy, and donate to our 2023 campaign. Share your ideas.
As we embark on this journey, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of you. You are making a difference every day, and I am proud to be part of this incredible community. Together, we can create a brighter future for generations to come.