2017-11-22 / Editorial

Thoughts on Thanksgiving: We have much for which to be grateful

The turkey and trimmings may already be in the oven as you read this latest issue of the Voice. As Thanksgiving approaches, it is an ideal time to reflect upon how much the South Jersey Jewish community has to be thankful for this year.

Here are a few that come to mind.

 U.S. support for Israel: Despite where you land on the political spectrum, we should acknowledge that the U.S. government has consistently spoken out strongly in support of Israel, particularly in the United Nations.

 Jews helping Jews and others: As we always do in times of trouble, Jews have come through with support for Jewish communities and institutions hit hard by hurricanes this fall in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

 Non-Jews standing with our community: The horror of the discovery of hateful vandalism to the roof of Congregation Beth Tikvah in Marlton earlier this month has brought an outpouring of support from the non-Jewish community. Among those who have stepped up, Rev. Brett Ballenger of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church visited the congregation on Shabbat and students from Joan of Arc School delivered letters expressing their solidarity with the congregation.

Going back in time, non-Jews stood with us when the Jewish Community Campus was evacuated due to a bomb threat linked to a national wave of similar threats to JCCs and other Jewish institutions. One day later, an interfaith crowd of hundreds gathered outside the campus – sending a strong message of solidarity.

 Israeli Wonder Woman. The female superhero has inspired generations of girls. In its current iteration, Israel’s Gal Gadot not only lives up to the role in the hit movie about Wonderwoman’s origin story, she is a wonderful role model in real life as a proud Israeli and voice of justice amid the current controversy over sexual harassment and predatory men in Hollywood.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Voice! 

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