Today is May 24, 2018 -

We are not competition!

According to Wikipedia, “Competition is the opposite of cooperation.  It arises whenever at least two parties strive for a goal which cannot be shared…”

During our recent visit to Eshkol, we visited several sights with plaques bearing Federation’s name and logo.  We also happened upon a plaque with the JNF logo.  Our guide said, “Oh, I’m sorry.  They’re the competition.”

“No,” I corrected him.  “They are our partner.”

JNF’s mission states that it is “the caretaker of the land of Israel, on behalf of its owners – Jewish people everywhere.”

Their mission does not conflict with our mission of “ensuring the creative survival and continuity of the Jewish people,” but rather it contributes to our goals, and we are delighted to share this vision.  A JNF-sponsored playground in Eshkol near a Federation-sponsored Resiliency Center is a beautiful display of partnership, not competition.  And, certainly, everyone on our trip has at some point planted a tree with JNF.

Locally, our synagogues nurture the Jewish spirt, our JCCs care for our social and cultural needs; our schools educate our youth; our youth groups bring together our teens; our campus partners organize our college students; Daughters of Sarah takes care of our seniors; Jewish Family Services takes care of our most vulnerable.

At the bottom of this weekly e-mail, we list all of the exciting activities going on in our community.  These programs demonstrate the strength of our community and the opportunities within.  Our promotion helps fulfill our own mission of building a strong and united Jewish community in conjunction with all of our partners.

Please join me at the annual JNF capital region breakfast on May 25, 2016, and let’s end all of this talk about competition.

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