2017-01-18 / Editorial

Let us show that we are each responsible for our fellow Jews

In the Talmud (Shevuot 39a), the compilation of Jewish law, it states: Kol Yisrael Arevim Zeh Bazeh (All Jews are responsible for each other). We are responsible for each other as individuals and as a community. This shared responsibility is not viewed as an option, but as a religious obligation. The Torah commands us to feed the poor, to nurture the sick, and to care for the downtrodden and oppressed.

We here in Southern New Jersey have an opportunity to do just that in the coming days. Starting on Sunday, Jan. 29, continuing through Feb. 2, this community, like Jewish communities across North America, will be conducting our annual Super Sunday/Super Week as part of Jfund, formerly known as the Annual Campaign. Hundreds of volunteers will join together to raise money for Jews here in South Jersey, in Israel, and throughout the world. Last year, the Super Sunday/Super Week phon-a-thons brought in over $1-million, approximately 1/3 of the Jfund annual total.

The funds raised helped pay for so many of the programs children, seniors and others rely on here at home and elsewhere. These funds help give children a Jewish education, put food on the tables of hungry families, and keep senior citizen Holocaust survivors warm through the cold Eastern European winters. There are people alive today who would not be here without Jews stepping forward to volunteer and contribute.

Volunteers are needed to make calls and do clerical work on Sunday, Jan. 29. The fundraising continues on the evenings of Jan. 30-Feb. 2. If you can’t come on Super Sunday, volunteer for a shift to be held each evening from 6-9 p.m. during Super Week. If volunteering is just not possible, then please answer the call and contribute.

For more information on the volunteer shifts, visit jewishsouthjersey.org/supersunday or call (856) 751-9500, ext. 1117. 

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