Women’s Philanthropy – Welcome
I hope that you all had a wonderful summer.
I would like to welcome each of you to the New Year (5782). It is an exciting time for us. We continue to grow while remaining adaptable, motivated, and responsive.
Rosh Hashanah is a time of hope and new beginnings both physically and spiritually. It is when we think about all that we have done, and all that we continue to do for our communities, and for Israel.
Whether you’re hoping for an in-person gathering or gearing up for the second year of virtual events, this year’s come with unique challenges — and opportunities. The COVID-19 Delta variant is still unraveling, therefore some gathering plans are still up in the air, but we can still make this year meaningful as we did last year.
May you be blessed with a year full of good fortunes and peaceful harmony of life! Shana Tovah!!!
Women Philanthropy Chair
Dvar Torah From Rabbi Arnie Samlan
Rosh Hashana is, according to rabbinical tradition, the birthdate of the universe.
Miriam Faust of Bar Ilan University, suggests the chaos that was the beginning of creation is the chaos of any creative process. Her belief is that the very act of creation involves destroying something set and rearranging the pieces.
Following this train of thought, the disconcerting world we see before us is the disruption that must come as a prerequisite of the creative process that leads to improvement.
Over the course of the past year, many of us have made adjustments to our lives. For many, we have started living healthier, caring more about our bodies. For many, we’ve paid greater attention to the environment, realizing that it is ours to protect. For many, we have increased our caring for those in need. Some have made long-overdue changes in their careers, in where they live, in the communities they care about.
May all the changes we have made, and the changes we envision for the year ahead, put us in a better place and build a better future.
Wishing all blessings for a Shana Tova, a Happy, Healthy, and Sweet New Year.
Rabbi Arnie Samlan
Jewish Federation of Broward County