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US Capitol building aerial view at twilight

The great Jewish philosopher Rambam taught that the law as a whole aims to defend two things: the welfare of the soul and the welfare of the body.

Allison Grossman
Two braided Shabbat challot on a tray beneath a white and gold embroidered challah cover

I was honored to have been asked to help people in need, and I love that our synagogue is always giving back to our community. This overflowing lovingkindness is the true meaning of being Jewish.

Debra Gurin & Blythe Williams
Make a difference sign tacked to a cork board

As we take stock of our own blessings at this season, one way to demonstrate our gratitude is to support efforts that provide goods and services to those in need.

Jane E. Herman
Community members in San Juan holding up the water filters sent by Beit Ahavah in Northampton, MA

When Beit Ahavah in Northampton, MA, saw a need for water filters in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, the community jumped into action and got them there.

Rabbi Riqi Kosovske
Songleaders dressed in white playing guitar and singing on an outdoor stage at URJ Camp Newman looking out over Shabbat services attended by campers

Recent California wildfires devastated Camp Newman’s physical space. I feel that it is my duty – and my honor – to give back to the camp that has given me the world. 

Rachel Wolman
Photo of Temple Beth Shalom the brick synagogue in Puerto Rico damaged internally by Hurricane Maria and its floods

The situation in Puerto Rico remains dire, with basic living conditions and communications extremely challenged. The challenges and needs its residents face are many.

Kate Bigam
Firefighters work to put out a wildfire blazing across dry land

This is an original prayer to end the California wildfires, for safety, for the victims, for healing and for renewal. 

Alden Solovy
Handpainted wall with the word MISHPOCHA in Hebrew which means family

Fires cannot destroy our fond, sacred memories of camp – and Camp Newman’s traditions and practices will continue. 

Larry Glickman
Streetlight peeking out over floodwaters on a flooded street

"How much water is inside a tear, and how long does it take to dry them? As long as there is misery and fear in the people who continue to cry them."

Rabbi Zoë Klein
Flooded street with the painted yellow lines visible beneath flood waters

Recovery for a storm of this magnitude will take months, if not years. We are working hard to provide resources to affected families, and we encourage you to do the same.

Marissa Solomon

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