Meryl & Ron Gallatin
Tzedakah, Learning and Chesed Program
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The mission of a synagogue includes many different responsibilities. We are here to build a community that is supportive of each other during times of need. We are here to build a community that fosters Jewish education and culture. Of course, we are here for worship.
Through the synagogue we perpetuate the meaning of Judaism and richness of our history and we hope the synagogue serves as a vehicle to perpetuate Judaism and the Jewish people into the future.
One of the central dimensions is that of responsibility for others. The notion of tzedakkah, as an obligation to help others, is a critical piece of every Jewish community. It has been so since the beginning of the Diaspora. And certainly in biblical times responsibility for our brothers and sisters, our mothers and fathers, our friends and neighbors has always been a core dimension to live a life of holiness.
With that in mind then, we have renewed our efforts to make B’nai Torah a center where charitable works, support networks, food for the hungry and outreach to the elderly has moved from a peripheral dimension of synagogue life to a central dimension. We have engaged a professional, Summer Faerman, who has been working tirelessly since last year. In fact, Summer’s arrival came at the same time as Hurricane Sandy. So she started her work running.
Over the course of the past year, we have begun to develop a framework for projects. These will evolve over the years ahead. Next year we will develop a cadre of volunteer tutors for reading and literacy that we hope will serve the communities around us.
At the end of day, every Jewish family and every Jewish community understands that it is through teaching our children that peace will come into the world. In addition to the projects that you read about, please understand that we see as part of our central obligation teaching the next generation how to become “tzedakkah giants.”
– Rabbi David Steinhardt