Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is a day that allows us to confront the many uncertainties in our lives as we pray for a future filled with hope, health and happiness. Many of us will recite Yizkor in memory of those we still hold dear, whose lives impacted us in so many ways. We pray to be sealed in the Book of Life, something we yearn for, yet fear, for our future is not entirely in our control. Yet our tradition provides us with a strategy for dealing with these challenges: Teshuva (repentance), Tefilah (prayer) and Tzedakah (charity). According to the Sages, it is through these three acts that we can turn the uncertainty of life into a fulfilling and life affirming plan of action for the future.
As the Federation embarks on its 70th year, we look back to what we've accomplished, remember all those incredible people who helped shape this community and set the firm foundation on which we continue to build. We rededicate ourselves to the core values upon which our community was built and pledge our intention that we will honor the past and continue to build a more vibrant, engaged and committed Jewish community in the Greater Hartford, in the United States and in the world.
We have the strength to overcome the many challenges we face globally and locally. Let us never forget, "We are all in this together."
So as we gather for Yizkor, may we remember all of the lives that have been lost this year and pray that their memories be a blessing for all. And may we resolve to become active participants in Tikkun Olam, repairing the world, here in Greater Hartford, in Israel and around the world
If I have in any way caused anyone discomfort or harm, if I failed to listen adequately or was insensitive in any way, I apologize and ask for your forgiveness.
On behalf of all of us at the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, I wish you an easy and meaningful fast and most joyous New Year!
G'mar Hatima Tova,
President & CEO