April 23, 2020
Dear Kol Amites,
What a difference a month makes.
Just a month ago we were joyously celebrating Purim. Then life went virtual. Life seems tumultuous, fragile, uncertain. Life has been fragile and uncertain for each of us in different ways and for our congregation.
And yet we are surviving. And we are growing as a community. And we are supporting one another. We look inside ourselves to find sources of strength, talents and resources. And when our strength is challenged, we find support among one another.
I am so thankful for each of you and all the ways you are reaching out with compassion and resolve. I have witnessed Kol Ami’s compassion and generosity and find that it grows even when we are tested.
Our Tikkun Olam and Care & Concern Committees have united at this time, drawing strength and motivation from the chesed we are witnessing in our congregation. They see needs at Kol Ami and in our wider community and they are providing a response.
For some congregants our response will be to support you, whether it is medical or food deliveries, a little extra funds to get through the week, connection with social services or connection with one another. For some congregants, we count our blessings that we can safely and with some security shelter in place. Perhaps like the Four Children at the Passover Seder, each of us has something to give and some things we need.
If one of your needs is to give back or thank and recognize others at this time, our Tikkun Olam and Care & Concern Committees humbly offer the following recommendations:
In true Kol Ami fashion, virtually everyone has stepped up in extraordinary ways during this extraordinary time. For this I feel so blessed. We’ll continue doing what we can. If you are able to provide funding or volunteer time, please consider the options above. If you are struggling with needs of your own, please contact Rabbi Gilah or the Care & Concern Committee.
Together we will get through this time of physical isolation with an extra dose of compassion, generosity and gratitude for the blessings in our lives and in our community.
Kol Ami President
(on behalf of Rabbi Gilah, the Tikkun Olam and Care & Concern Committees)