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Bikur Cholim - Lending a Helping Hand


 Lending a Helping Hand 


   At a recent meeting of the Temple’s Outreach Committee, Sherry Field-Almaraz and Ilene Carrel volunteered to establish a “Visits” Project. This means, if you are ill, elderly, incapacitated, recovering from an illness or surgery, or not mobile for any reason, help is only a phone call away.
   Just notify the office at 954-942-6410 and one of our "visitors" will come to your home, walk your dog, do your grocery shopping, drive you to a nearby appointment or anything along those lines you might require.
   All we ask is adequate notice so our volunteers can plan their schedule around yours.
Want to be a volunteer “Visitor”? Call the Temple Office or better yet, email the office  at info@templesholomflorida.org, and we’ll put you right in touch with Sherry or Ilene.

-- Together Against Antisemitism --

Shock; Sadness; Sympathy; Despair; Anger. What were your reactions when you heard about the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting?  The Pittsburgh massacre is a potent reminder of what is unfortunately an all too familiar instance of what Jews have been plagued with for millenia - a hatred so strong and deep-seated that such acts of atrocity are seen by their perpetrators as necessary and justified actions against a people they fervently consider to be insidiously evil. While antisemitism is perhaps as old as the Jews themselves, in recent years we have seen it spreading with a renewed and increased fervor, not just at home, but abroad. The present climate of political populism has also given the rhetoric of hate speech a newfound sense of acceptance and power. We can, and should, mourn, pour out our compassion and sympathy, or console each other -  but we can also try to commit ourselves to speaking out and standing up against antisemitism. Presenting a united front will not eradicate the problem, but if enough people band together they not only can send a message that such violence is unacceptable, but can do it in a voice that is boomingly resonant, resolute, and clear in its message, because huge numbers of committed people are loudly singing such a refrain in unison.  Social media has proven to be an effective vehicle for such mobilization, and Together Against Antisemitism is an example appropriate to this situation. Their goal is to increase solidarity with the Jewish people. Visit TogetherAgainstAntisemitism.com. It's easy to get started to get involved. The site has a simple two-click way to add the cause's logo - a Star of David made up of interlocking multi-colored arms - to your own social media profile. We, of course, send our thoughts and prayers for the victims and their families, but we need to do more. We need to say, "Enough!" We need to show that Jews are not an isolated vulnerable minority, but a people who are supported by multitudes of Jews and non-Jews everywhere.

Thu, December 13 2018 5 Tevet 5779