As we enter into the High Holidays this weekend, we would like to take this precious time to reflect on all that has been done for the past 70 years at our Federation and on the work at that still lies ahead.
This is a special time for each of us to take stock of our spiritual connections, our relationships with family and community. It is a time to reflect on ways we can become better and how we can improve and uplift the lives of those in need. It is a time for us to think about how grateful we are for all the blessings in our lives and how we can "pay it forward" and become active participants in Tikkun Olam, repairing the world. The Federation stands ready to offer numerous opportunities to help you recommit and express these fundamental Jewish values that we all hold so dear.
This year has been one of great turmoil for the Jewish people, marked by the resurgence of anti-Semitism in Western Europe and on our college campuses and an impassioned foreign policy debate that challenged the harmony within our American Jewish community.
It has also been a year of great resilience and unity on behalf of our community. We came together to show our solidarity for those who lost their lives to terrorism in France. We raised emergency funds this year for victims of War in Gaza, Jews suffering in the Ukraine, earthquake victims in Nepal, flood victims in Houston, and now millions of Syrians seeking refuge in Europe, all while exceeding our Annual Campaign goal and increasing our support for our local Jewish community. Thank you for making all of this possible through your continued commitment to our community.
It is this unity, resilience, determination and core values that have kept us strong and will enable us continue to build and strengthen us for a bright and hopeful future.
We are continually heartened by this strength and resiliency, and we are so grateful for the kindness our community demonstrates each and every day.
We look forward to making our Federation more relevant to each of you and bringing Jewish values to life. As we begin 5776, our 70th year as a Federation, we pray for a sweet, healthy year that will bring peace and harmony to all.
From all of us at Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford and those who are helped by your generosity, thank you.
Shabbat Shalom and L'Shanah Tovah.
President & CEO
Eric M. Zachs
Chairman of the Board