As the lingering flavors of apples and honey remain with us, we prepare for Yom Kippur and the challenges that day presents. While I wish all an easy fast, I also hope that we take this precious time to reflect on who we are individually, as a member of the global Jewish community and as a vital part of our Greater Hartford Jewish community.
Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is a day of opportunity. It is a special time for each of us to evaluate our relationship with Gd, family and community. It is a time to reflect on ways we can become better and how we can improve the lives of those less fortunate. 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.
In spite of all of the unsettling news from around the word, I am hopeful that Israel will remain strong and prosperous and the Jewish people will overcome the rising tide of anti-Semitism that is gaining increasing attention here in America as well as abroad.
As we gather for Yizkor this year, may we remember all the men and women in uniform, both American and Israeli, who lost their lives this past year. I pray that all the families who lost loved ones during the recent conflict in Gaza find comfort.
On behalf of all of us at the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford I wish you an easy fast and most joyous New Year.
G'mar Hatima Tova,
Interim President and CEO