Today is August 17, 2018 -

This is Federation

Sunday night, we had a Yom Hazikaron program for our Hebrew speakers. Wednesday night, we had a wonderful Yom Ha’atzmaut program for the entire community. Yesterday afternoon, we had a packed Sifriyat Pajama program for our Hebrew-speaking children, and this morning, we are having a PJ Library program for all young ones.
Coming up, we have a Shmaltz Brewery Tour for our young adults, a chaplaincy volunteer program, and more PJ Library programs. All of these events are open to all. Additionally, if you peruse our community calendar, you will see some of our other programs as well as many of the other community-wide programs sponsored by our Jewish communal partners.
Should I have recanted the busy week that we enjoyed at Federation or should I be promoting the upcoming events scheduled for the weeks ahead? I think that I need to do both, for, as Jews, we live in the present, but we plan for the future while remembering our past.
Pirkei Avot (The Ethics of our Fathers) teaches that we are not expected to complete a task, but neither are we free from starting it. To me, this recognizes that the work that we do today is for our children to continue, as we continue the work of our parents. Yet, at the same time, we are commanded to keep an eye on the past. For all generations, we have to remember that God brought us out of Egypt, that Amalek attacked us, and to keep Shabbat holy.
We have an obligation to do all that we can to make this world a better place for our children and future generations while keeping faith to the teachings and traditions of those before us. For me, this is Federation.
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