Let My People Know

soviet_jewery.jpgPlease take a few moments to learn about Yaacov Birnbaum, of blessed memory; a truly significant leader who recently passed away. 

Much has been written about the Soviet Jewry movement, and many stories are still to be told.  One characteristic of the movement was the real and deep sense of Areyvut – the connectedness that Jews around the world felt for their “brethren in the Soviet Union.”  (“Brethren” is no longer Politically Correct, and “Soviet Union” is no longer Politically Viable, but that was the language of the time.)

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Honoring the Atidim, Who Provide Unrestricted Future Support for The Partnership


We describe Atidim as special people and when we look at each one of you personally, not just as names on a list, but as individuals, and couples and families, we say, “You know what?  These are very special people, indeed.”  Atidim know us; Atidim trust us.  But the most important element of your individual and collective character is your optimism about the future of our Jewish people and the future of our Jewish community.  It is that combination of hope in our future and trust in The Partnership that draws your investment.  And we promise that we will do our best every day to broaden that hope and to deepen that trust.

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It’s an event of cosmic proportions. Literally. The solar and lunar calendars will align as they have not since 1888, with Thanksgiving coming out on Hanukkah. No need to file away the turkey stuffed with latkes recipe because the next time you’ll need it will be in about 79,000 years. So pretty much, never.

Hanukkah, observed about 1,800 times before the first Thanksgiving, celebrates the victorious conclusion of a war which allowed the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem and the public rededication of the Jewish people to God after years when such open devotion was crushed.  

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The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life is the Jewish Identity-Building organization of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, and a beneficiary of its UJA Campaign.

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