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Message from Rabbi Sharon L. Sobel
“Do Not Stand Idly By” – How We Can Help with Super Typhoon Haiyan
Our hearts, prayers and thoughts go out to the people of the central Philippines who have been affected by the devastation of Super Typhoon Haiyan. As estimates of the death toll reach over 10,000 and news reports are saying that nearly every single thing has been destroyed in the area, our hearts ache. Our Jewish tradition teaches us not to stand idly by while our neighbor bleeds and that when one person suffers, all of us suffer.
We can do our part to ameliorate some of the pain by joining with one of our Jewish communal Jewish agency organizations that are offering to send relief:
1. The Reform Movement’s Disaster Relief Fund is collecting funds that will be distributed to aid groups working in affected areas. Click here to access the Union for Reform Judaism’s online donation webpage: http://urj.org/socialaction/issues/relief/
2. Chicago’s Jewish United Federation is also collecting funds. Federation President Steven Nasatir said. “Chicago’s Jewish community always has been among the first to respond to such crises, wherever they occur, and we will provide whatever support we can to those in need now.”
Chicagoans may contribute online at www.juf.org/relief, by calling (312) 444-2869, or by sending a check to the Jewish Federation Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund, Room 3022, 30 S. Wells St., Chicago, IL 60606.
All funds collected will be distributed in coordination with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the Jewish Federations of North America. The Chicago Federation will absorb all administrative costs, ensuring that 100% of the local donations go directly to aid those most grievously affected.
As we approach Thanksgiving and Chanukah, your gift will truly be an act of tzedakah – justice and mercy. Todah rabbah!
Our very own Cantorial Soloist Heather Aranyi’s work has been featured by the
Lyric Opera as part of their National Opera Week.
Heather is one of six solo artists who work under Renee Fleming's initiative.
She teaches the class how to sing and perform an opera and put on a complete opera.
In this picture they are at the dress rehearsal! Also seen is the classroom teacher and pianist.
SAVE THE DATE!
FRIDAY, JANUARY 3, 2014
FOR OUR NEXT
dinner, 6 p.m. service, 7 p.m.
Watch for details.
Thank you to everyone who attended “Latkes & Vodka”
on Saturday evening, December 8th
and a huge Thank You to Nancy and Marc Taxman
for hosting this great event.
A great time was had by all . . . a must-do again for next year!
MEET MEMBERS OF BT CARING COMMITTEE
Learn about their mission to support BT families in the best and worst of times
and how you can be an important part of a caring community.
Contact Laurie Wolf, Caring Committee Chair at
B'nai Torah Clergy Team (from left to right):
Cantorial Soloist Heather Aranyi, Rabbi Sharon Sobel and Gregory Shifrin, Music Director