A Force for Good

I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to share feedback on my recent reflections. Your comments continue to be thought-provoking and inspiring, and I’m always grateful to hear your perspectives.

As we approach Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday and the national Day of Service inspired by his life, I’ve been thinking a lot about how our Jewish community—with our diverse perspectives and talents—can continue to fully engage in the world in which we live to build a stronger future for all. I’ve long believed that as a Jewish people, our efforts should not only seek to strengthen our own community but expand on our experiences to articulate and act upon our universal hopes, dreams, and work to strengthen society, care for those in need, and welcome the stranger.

I’m proud that this year, as Federation continues to pursue our vision for a community that acts as a force for good in the world, we are shining a bright light on the volunteer opportunities taking place across Greater Washington in honor of this MLK Day of Service.

It feels fitting that this important day happens to coincide with Tu B’Shevat (the festival of the trees) this year as well. In Israel, this time of year is one of planting seeds and tending to what was previously planted. MLK Day of Service, and indeed any opportunity to volunteer to help the community, sets a similar tone, taking care of today’s needs and laying the foundation for what lies ahead.

Together with our partners, lay leaders, and community members across the region, we are committed to making a difference this January 17th—and for the future—by mobilizing in common purpose to meet critical needs. You can join Federation partners for virtual and in-person opportunities to make a difference in our community. I invite you to explore our list of MLK Day of Service opportunities taking place between the 14th and 17th across DC, MD, and Northern VA, and to find one (or more) that speaks to you.

Thank you for all that you do, in so many ways, to care for our community.

Shabbat Shalom,

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