This Hanukkah we have a lot to celebrate. Our Greater Hartford community - through our volunteers, donors, friends and partners (our "Miracle Makers") - has helped to ensure that here, in Israel and in 70 Jewish communities around the world, the people most in need can find care, comfort and a connection to Jewish life.
This past year, you gave hope by providing more than 7,000 Kosher meals to our elderly neighbors. You made sure that emergency aid was immediately available to Israelis hit hardest by this summer's conflict and to those elderly and infirm stranded in war-torn Ukraine.
Every day, we are educating, advocating and mobilizing to solve problems.
We hosted community forums with the Deputy Consul General of Israel and other Jewish leaders and thinkers.
Nearly 350 of you gathered in three towns to ask questions of our gubernatorial and local candidates and become better informed and stronger advocates for the needs of our local Jewish community and for Israel.
In the coming months, through the efforts of the Jewish Community Relations Council, 25 people will be trained by the Israeli Action Network to become better informed and prepared to stand up as strong vocal advocates for Israel.
Nearly 50% of the children in Hartford do not own a book. Because of you, and the work of the Hartford Jewish Coalition for Literacy who donated a thousand books in a matter of weeks, these children can read from their very own book.
Without exaggeration, we are a community where miracles happen every day. Thank you.
The Living Bridge Project finds new and innovative ways of connecting our community and its families to families and communities in Israel. One powerful way we accomplish this is by inviting young Israelis to live and work with us for a year.
On Hanukkah I am sharing a unique request on behalf of our Israeli emissaries, Tal and Naomi, two Israeli high school graduates who have deferred military service for a year to live with host families and work with students in Greater Hartford. They are collecting gently used Halloween costumes to donate to children in our sister region of Afula Gilboa. Tal and Naomi will personally deliver them to school age kids, who will have them in time to wear for Purim this year.
On behalf of all of us at the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, I want to thank you for making miracles happen here and extend my warmest wishes to you and your family for a joyous Hanukkah.
Interim President and CEO