Rosh Hashanah isn’t canceled – The Jerusalem Put up

Though many people gained’t be gathering for Rosh Hashanah companies like ordinary this 12 months, the pageant is much from canceled. Actually, the holy day has by no means been extra related or wanted. 
Tekiah! I watched in awe as Excessive Faculty in Israel’s Rabbi Leor Sinai blew the shofar and spoke with a lot glee and vitality about Rosh Hashanah. His enthusiasm was contagious (the one factor I wish to be catching proper now) and it was in listening to Rabbi Sinai that I spotted it’s incumbent on all of us to acknowledge this era as a time of renewal and introspection as we recharge our souls and spirit.

Whereas the longer term could appear unsure, as certain because the solar continues to rise our Folks’s story will proceed to endure and flourish. Whereas lots of our day-to-day interactions have moved into the digital world, we now have discovered new methods to adapt and work together. It’s a part of the human situation that we glance to innovate when confronted with challenges. It’s one thing I’m proud to say we’ve achieved, and proceed to do, at Jewish Nationwide Fund-USA.

From stunning on-line Kabbalat Shabbat companies and our digital Shabbat expertise for JNFutures (for 22-40 year-olds) to connecting with the movers and shakers behind hit Israeli tv reveals, we now have, and proceed to have interaction and help our group in new and thrilling methods. 


For instance, barely per week after the pandemic hit Israel, we realized that the nation’s small companies who relied on tourism would bear the preliminary brunt of the approaching financial downturn. To assist, we instantly launched an On-line Mitzvah Market Place enabling Individuals to buy beautiful artisanal items from Israelis within the Galilee and Negev. 

Along with our Digital Excursions (an initiative that has seen over three,500 members “journey” to Israel and in flip, present a lot wanted revenue for Israel’s tour guides), we’re in an sudden method connecting new folks to Israel, a few of whom might by no means have visited earlier than. 

Whereas nothing can substitute assembly our supporters in individual and listening to about why they help Israel, our companions (donors) realized that similar to Rosh Hashanah, the fast wants of our associates haven’t ceased.


As an example, the workers at ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran proceed to supply care to Israelis with extreme mental disabilities. Our MAKOM communities proceed to supply help to aged Israelis who can’t go to the pharmacy and supermarkets. And LOTEM stays steadfast in serving to underprivileged kids with disabilities obtain laptops and tablets enabling them to be taught on-line. 

Fortunately, we now have been blessed at Jewish Nationwide Fund-USA to benefit from the help of so many devoted companions. Actually, lots of our lay leaders have stepped up and elevated their presents. Due to them and the tons of of 1000’s of people that help our motion, we simply surpassed the $711 million mark of our One Billion Greenback Roadmap for the Subsequent Decade initiative.

As Rabbi Sinai powerfully notes, the Torah says that “it is best to have a blasting of a day” – or the day itself must be a time of awakening. Throughout this era, we should always think about the shofar blast lasting 24 hours in order that we’re in a relentless state of consciousness and awakening. On this spirit, allow us to see the start of 5781 as a time to open our hearts and souls as we put together for all that we’ll obtain collectively in what I’m assured will likely be our greatest 12 months but.


Dr. Sol Lizerbram is President of Jewish Nationwide Fund-USA