If Judaism stresses one thing, it is the importance of the community. We require a minimum number of community members to pray- a minyan. We are commanded to give charity to our neighbors in need, to visit the sick, and to make shiva calls to those in mourning.
It is with the community that we celebrate a bris, b’nei mitzvah, and weddings. These are values that serve as examples of the meaning behind the phrase Tikkun Olam/healing the world. It is by living these values that we heal our community, and make our synagogue, and the world in general, a better place.
Today, our congregation has the opportunity to help one of our SOJC families. Yeseima Alvarado has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. This has caused not only a financial hardship, but because of a lack of transportation, Yeseima faces difficulty in getting to doctor and treatment appointments.
We are asking our community to help a family who has given so much to our SOJC family- from cutting apples and honey on Rosh Hashanah, to cooking latkes on Chanukah -
that now needs our assistance.