Facing uncertainty…just like the Israelites

May 15, 2020

Our children are living in a time of uncertainty, and while we focus on their well-being, we also must take a moment to acknowledge that as adults, we are experiencing uncertainty, too.

Yes, many Mirowitz families are facing unexpected hardships: furloughs, layoffs and reductions in salary, not to mention fear of illness and anxiety about the economy.

When a crisis hits, we can count on our Jewish community. As Passover approaches, I’m reminded why I support not only my favorite school, but also Jewish Federation and its agencies. As a response to the pandemic, Jewish Federation has convened community leaders for a united response, raising funds and coordinating services that respond to growing needs. Below, we have listed some of the resources.

Annually, we remember that the first night of Passover is different from all other nights, and the first night we experience next week will be the most different of them all! More than ever, we will be able to empathize with the Israelites who faced uncertainty. We will be able to understand what it’s like to live through a plague. And we will see vividly why our Talmud states that Kol Yisrael Arevim Zeh BaZeh, all of Israel is responsible for one another. (Shevuot 39a)

As you have heard, our gala is taking shape as a virtual event on Thursday evening, May 14. We will be raising money for tuition relief for those in need and hope that if you are able, you will consider a generous gift to hold our Mirowitz families together during this tough time.

If you know of someone in need of support, please reach out to me or forward the community information listed below.

May you all have a healthy and happy Passover, filled with a renewed commitment to our Jewish community. May illness pass over your house, and the houses of all you love. And may you rejoice in the blessings of knowing that your Mirowitz family will be here for you as you face the uncertainty ahead.

Shabbat Shalom,
Cheryl Maayan