The Power of Community

Building Community is one of the key pillars of Federation.  When we come together as a community, we can do amazing things and create a sense of belonging and caring for one another. Federation provides those opportunities that bring people together and build those connections. This month, we are excited about opportunities to come together around our Shabbat traditions at our annual Great Challah Bake for women on October 25. This year’s program will take place at our new, bigger location and will be able to accommodate several hundred more people.  Additionally, we are co-sponsoring a Mega Family Challah Bake on October 21 as we invite families—including girls, boys, moms, dads, grandmas, and grandpas—to make challah together.  

This month we also kick off some of our Israel programming with our new community shaliach (Israeli emissary), Shay Rubenstein.  Shay’s Israel Café on the first Wednesday of the month will explore the different aspects of diversity in Israeli society. Additionally, next month features our Rabin Memorial Event, open to the whole community. Shay has really made an effort to become part of the community over the past month, meeting with people and families, and attending the local synagogues.  If you haven’t yet had a chance to meet Shay and welcome him to our community, I hope you will be able to do so in the near future. 

During the high holidays this year, I was particularly moved by a sentiment expressed in one of the readings paraphrased here.  “When I was young, I wanted to change the world.  But I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my country.  When I found I couldn’t change my country, I began to focus on my town.  However, I discovered I couldn’t change the town, so I tried to change my family. As I grew older, I realized that the only thing I can change is myself. If I change myself, I can make an impact on my family.  And, my family and I could make an impact on our town.  And, that, in turn, could change the country and we could all indeed change the world.”

What will you do to help build community? The notion of “change yourself; change the world” can start with a small step.  Come to an event, connect with your community, support the work of the Federation.  We are a strong and vibrant Jewish community, and we are you.