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Today is About Love and Remembering

Today is About Love and Remembering

It's been two years since my world was shattered, when a monster so full of hate decided to take the lives of innocent people at Shabbat prayer, including my kind, beautiful and caring Mother-in-law, Joyce Fienberg. Would you say that 2 for Seder started because of...

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Your Planning Guide for the Pittsburgh Shooting Commemoration

Your Planning Guide for the Pittsburgh Shooting Commemoration

This Week's Tip:  Plan for the second commemoration of the Pittsburgh Tree of Life Shooting that took the lives of 11 Jews while they prayed at Shabbat morning services. (see our origin story)  Plan what virtual events to attend.  Bring a friend of a different faith....

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Take Action Tip 12: Tell Diego’s Story

Take Action Tip 12: Tell Diego’s Story

This Week’s Tip:  For sports fans (or folks talking with sports fans) weaving Diego Schwartzman’s story into a discussion combats almost every negative stereotype about Jews and inspires all of us when we need a little boost!

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With all These Guests, You’re Never Alone in the Sukkah

With all These Guests, You’re Never Alone in the Sukkah

During Sukkot it is a mitzvah to provide hospitality to guests, especially the poor. This mitzvah was inspired by Abraham who sat at his open tent to welcome travelers and provide them with food and respite. The tradition of ushpizim (Aramaic for guests) is relatively...

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A Practical Approach to the High Holiday Season During COVID

A Practical Approach to the High Holiday Season During COVID

The month of the Chag, the High Holiday season, is a journey of renewal. I'm guilty of focusing on just Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, with the rest of the season as a bit of an afterthought. Taking a step back this year allows us to see this journey in a new light and...

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Contemplating Contemplation

Contemplating Contemplation

Elul has begun!  As Jews, this is a traditional time of self-reflection to prepare for the High Holidays where we ask for forgiveness from family, friends, and G-d. Ample time for self-reflection and quiet contemplation is a side of Judaism that COVID has...

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Action Tip 9: Spirit Night!!

Action Tip 9: Spirit Night!!

Despite the heat, it’s almost Fall!  Local groups and clubs are exploring ways to safely resume their activities.  School is starting up again soon, albeit virtually in many areas.  “Spirit Nights” are a type of fundraiser that supports a group at a local restaurant. ...

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2 for Seder

Election Day 2018 - a Poem

I was working the polls on Election Day 2018
just one week after that awful day
still trembling and troubled
My polling place was the fire/police station
the very same one
where a week prior
its designated Officers ran
into the hail of gunfire
to save the lives of the worshippers inside

It was chilly that day
We had piles of snacks to share
I flipped through the cards in my Rolodex
readying myself for the onslaught of voters
when I can across her card and stopped cold
the 92 year old who never missed an election
(or so I was told)
until now
Rose Malinger

I looked at the card for a long time
but couldn’t bring myself to remove it from the others where it belonged
Where should it go?
Who would hold onto it with a fierce love
rather than marking off a check in a box
and discarding it into the trash?
I removed it carefully from the stack
and held it close to my heart
for the remainder of the day
not letting go
until the very last ballot had been cast

- Written by Sara Stock Mayo

May Rose's memory be a blessing.
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Your Planning Guide for the Pittsburgh Shooting Commemoration

Never Forget.

2forseder.org/your-planning-guide-for-the-pittsburgh-shooting-commemoration/

10.27 Healing Partnership Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington Sara Stock Mayo Sheldon Low Congregation Olam Tikvah The Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs - FJMC Women of Reform Judaism
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