For many Americans, Thanksgiving is a special holiday. We gather together with friends and family and give thanks for our blessings. We savor our time together, spend the day comfortably in our homes, and have a delicious meal. As a long-time Howard County resident, I am grateful for the many benefits of living here, but it is easy to forget that some within our community have unmet needs for even the most basic necessities. This year, our #GivingTuesday campaign on November 27 will fund specific options for helping seniors and the most vulnerable within our community.
Our community social worker, Michalah Hoffman, has been “on the ground” in Howard County, meeting with various residents and conducting home visits. It is easy to take for granted that having a clean, safe, and healthy environment is within reach for everyone. However, many of us would be shocked to hear the stories of some conditions Michalah is finding. You can help make a difference in very tangible ways. We will have range of giving categories from $36 to $360 to fund such essentials as toiletries, a medical alert system, home essentials, and more. Watch for social media postings with links to donate and please answer your phone when we call. I hope you will “give from the heart” and participate any way you can. Your financial support of the Federation can help those in need right here in our backyard.
As we think about all we have to be grateful for within our own community, let us not forget the heartbreak and tragedy our brothers and sisters in Pittsburgh have recently experienced. Now, more than ever, we must stand up, stand together, and take action to ensure a safe and vibrant Jewish life for all. I hope many of you will attend the upcoming community program Childhood Memories of the Holocaust, which is being held November 11 at Temple Isaiah. This musical cantata commemorates the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht and is presented by the Jewish Federation of Howard County, the Howard County Board of Rabbis, and the Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts. In these turbulent times, it’s another way for us to come together as a community and reaffirm “never again.” As I am often reminded, it is our responsibility as Jews to help one another. Kol arevim zeh la zeh.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!