Letter to Rabbis
Kol Yisrael Arevim Zeh La-Zeh – All of Israel is Responsible for One Another
As a Jewish community, we take the concept of arevut – responsibility for others on a personal and societal level – very seriously. Even during the most intense and frightening times, we find the energy and strength to look out for our community. And in the current climate surrounding the Coronavirus, this support has proven itself once again. On Purim, we united to support those celebrating in isolation. We sprang into action with live-streamed Megillah readings; people have volunteered to say Kaddish on behalf of those who cannot attend a minyan, and meals and other necessities are being delivered by friends and strangers to those who are quarantined. Mi K’Amcha Yisrael- Who is like Your nation Israel?
In usual years – and what was planned to be for this year, as well – the Shabbat preceding Shabbat HaGadol was marked as Yesh Tikva’s Infertility Awareness Shabbat. Each year, hundreds of shuls throughout the world along with wonderful partnering fertility organization would dedicate the Shabbat to raising awareness around infertility and educating people as to how best to support those struggling. Passover, a holiday that is heavily focused on the celebration of children can be a very difficult and emotionally isolating time for the men and women who once again are asking “when will it be my turn?”
But because of the current climate and myriad of closures, we’re doing something a bit different this year. In place of a physical Fifth Annual Infertility Awareness, we’re moving online. On Thursday night, March 26, 2020, we’ll come together to #holdspace in a dynamic, 30-minute live webinar, in which we’ll hear and learn from professionals, clergy, and community members about how to support our family and friends. As a united Jewish community let’s show those in struggle, that even as we physically socially distance ourselves, that they are not alone even at this time.
Stay tuned for more details!
Praying together for a more hopeful and brighter tomorrow!
Gila Muskin Block Executive Director, Yesh Tikva Yesh Tikva