2017-11-22 / Columns

You can give thanks by helping your fellow Jews #GivingTuesday

Federation President

This week is all about giving thanks. Tomorrow, we will join together with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving and to count our blessings. Thanksgiving is a time to enjoy the company of loved ones, reflect on what we have to be grateful for in our lives and to give thought to others who may not be as fortunate.

On behalf of the Jewish Federation and its agencies, I want to thank all donors, sponsors, volunteers, lay leaders and staff for their generous gift of their dollars, time, and passion to our South Jersey Jewish community and to Jews in Israel and throughout the world. Together, we make an IMPACT. Those words ring true each and every day and I am so fortunate to be a witness as a member of the community and recipient of our system’s programs and services, as well as a lay leader who sees what goes into making it all happen.

After giving thanks, many of us will then turn our attention to Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. After a weekend of shopping, we have another opportunity to come together as a community next Tuesday. In just six years, #GivingTuesday has become a global phenomenon that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy. What an impact we all can make in just one day.

In 2016, over 1,640,000 people around the world made an online gift on #GivingTuesday for a total of $177-million. We hope you will join us this year in making an even bigger IMPACT with a gift to JFund on #GivingTuesday. Every single dollar makes a difference and an impact.

Yes, through the Jewish Federation, we all have the opportunity to stand united within a larger global community. And while we may live in different places, speak different languages, and lead different lives, when people are in need, our differences quickly disappear.

From war-torn communities in need of food, medicine, and shelter, to impoverished families in need of opportunity and employment in Israel, Eastern Europe, and right here in South Jersey, you can help make a difference. From young married couples to single parents yearning to pass on a Jewish identity to their children, from older adults looking to age in place in their own homes, from teens traveling to Israel to strengthen their Jewish foundation and identity, you can help make an impact.

Truly, together, we make an IMPACT for all people…from all backgrounds.

Follow the Jewish Federation on social media to make your gift to JFund for #GivingTuesday on November 28. You can also get a head start and make your IMPACT today. To do so, visit jewishsouthjersey.org/givingtuesday for a link to our online donation form, and in advance, thank you for making this global phenomenon bigger and stronger than ever. 

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