2018-09-12 / Columns

Thank you for pouring your heart and soul into all we do

Jewish Federation CEO

The High Holy Days are here, and it’s time to reflect on the year that’s passed and look towards the new one. As we think back on this past year, I can’t help but be forever grateful for everything our community has done, and continues to do.

We at the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey are dedicated to helping the Jewish community here and around the world. But in order to do that, we often ask a lot of you. We ask you for your time, your insights, and your financial support, so that we can deliver incredible and vital assistance on your behalf. Services like food pantries to the neediest in South Jersey, scholarships for children who want to attend Jewish schools here and abroad, critical services for older adults, assistance to individuals with special needs and their families, and the infrastructure to advocate for and support Israel.

We love being able to impact so many lives in such a positive way. It is not just a job—it is a calling for so many of us.

We recognize it is also a calling for so many of you. You work hard during the day so that you can afford the time to attend board meetings, chair committees, volunteer countless hours, and provide the support that makes all of this possible. And today, the day after Rosh Hashanah, I want to take a moment to recognize your commitment and dedication to the mission of the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey, the local community, and Jewish lives here, in Israel, and throughout the world, and simply say, Thank you!

Thank you for pouring your heart and soul into this system. Thank you for pouring over agency budgets. Thank you for delivering canned goods to the hungry. Thank you for attending meetings and events. Thank you for making calls on Super Sunday. Thank you for helping us strengthen our South Jersey community.

As we celebrate the High Holy Days, and eat the sweet apples in honey, we also reflect on the past year and all of our achievements. Each year when I sit in shul on the holidays, I pray for our community and for all it takes to keep us strong and thriving—the patience, the intelligence, the leaders, the donors. It is my prayer and wish to finish this year strong, and that our next year is full of love, health, and happiness for all.

I want to wish you and your loved ones my deepest blessing for a Shanah Tovah, a happy, healthy, and sweet New Year. The Jewish Federation family looks forward to continuing to be there with you this year, to laugh together, to cry together, to join together as a community, and strengthen all.

Todah Rabah, thank you very much. 


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