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Trees after a forest fire

The wind and the smell of smoke woke us. We stumbled out of bed, joining neighbors in the cul-de-sac to stare at the red glow lighting up the hills behind our houses.

Rabbi George Gittleman
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
Lit Hanukkah menorah on second night of Hanukkah w/unfocused reflections of light in the background

This year, the heated argument between the disciples of Hillel and the followers of Shammai over how to light the Hanukkah menorah speaks to me.

Rabbi Michael L. Feshbach
Leo Baeck Temple during the California wildfires

As shown in the powerful photo above, featuring Leo Baeck Temple (Los Angeles, CA) while fires rages

Marissa Solomon
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

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