It is an incredible privilege to lead this organization. It gives me the opportunity to see the best in so many people.
Recently, Women’s Philanthropy of Jewish Federation, under the leadership of Laurie Goldstein, Women’s Philanthropy Director, and event co-chairs, Robyn Freiden, Stephanie Kavanaugh, and Tamara Lawson Schuster, hosted a wonderful event called Women of Impact Giving Circle.
The incredible group of intergenerational women who came together brought a host of life experiences, which they shared as they worked to make a difference in the lives of many.
During the giving circle, the women pooled their money for a collective gift, then learned about four unique programs that better the lives of Jews in KC and in Israel. Selecting a winning program was difficult, but they prevailed and elected to make an impact, giving:
- $1,200 to Ethiopian National Project's SPACE program, a comprehensive, holistic program that delivers supplementary hours of educational and personal support to thousands of students in Israel to help turn the tide of poverty in those immigrant communities, and
- The remaining $722 to Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy’s Social Justice Program, which brings together HBHA and University Academy high school students each year to develop leadership skills as they connect with and effect change upon pressing issues in our local community.
These thoughtful and generous women took time out of their busy schedules to help someone in need through tzedakah, one of the most important of our 613 commandments. This commandment involves giving not only your money but also your compassion and empathy. As it is said in the Talmud, “All Jews are responsible for each other.” These women fulfilled that special part of who we are as Jews.
As we approach our 2019 Community Campaign Kickoff on April 1, I hope each of you can answer the call to give generously. Give knowing that your gift to Jewish Federation will be used to make a tremendous difference in so many lives here at home and around the world.
I also remind you that you are fulfilling a mitzvah through your gift to Jewish Federation. As Rabbi Sachs said, “We are worth what we are willing to share with others.” Your presence and participation speak volumes.