L'Shanah Tovah 5782 !
Happy New Year to all who celebrate and to your families and those you hold dear. I wish you good health, inner peace and spiritual renewal.
As we come to the close of what has been a most challenging year, it is important to pause and reflect: To look back and to look forward. We have missed being together and sharing projects, laughter and camaraderie. Yes, we have seen each other on Zoom, and participated in stimulating programs on the issues that NCJW was founded to advance. We have individually made blankets for the homeless, and donated food and hygiene products; collectively, we’ve increased our efforts on behalf of immigrants and those who are homeless, stuffed hugpacks and worked to advance racial and economic justice. Yet we are mindful of the personal toll this year has taken on too many.
Our work to “improve the quality of life for women, children and families and safeguard individual rights and freedoms” has never been more critical. The assault on women’s reproductive choices, the increase in racism and antisemitism, the newly arriving refugees from Afghanistan, the disproportionate toll the pandemic has taken on women and families -- all cry out for a rededication to our values in the year ahead.
When we hear the sound of the shofar, may it remind us of the words of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whom we lost at this time last year. “Fight for the things that you care about but do it in a way that will lead others to follow.” That clarion call will light the way for NCJW Greater Long Beach & West Orange County in the year ahead. I hope you will continue to join us and bring others with you.
L’Shana Tova 5782,
Barbara Shipnuck, President
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