In the wake of Hurricane Irma

Dear KI Family,

 

So soon after the devastation we witnessed in Houston, we are now also keeping those affected by Hurricane Irma in Florida and the Southeastern U.S. in our prayers. Additionally, we know that words of blessing alone are insufficient to care for the great need that exists at this time. As we learn from this week’s Torah Portion in Deuteronomy 26:11, the blessings in our own lives aren’t fully realized until we share them with the stranger. As we mark the 16th yahrtzeit of 9-11, we also offer a prayer of peace and remembrance to honor the memories of all those who lost their lives.

 

For those of you who want to assist our damaged communities in their recovery, click here to help the relief efforts through the Jewish Federation. Stay tuned for future Tikkun Olam eblasts for more direct ways we can help synagogues and Jewish communities in the affected areas.

 

If you would like a space to process these events, or want help deciding how or if to discuss these events with your children, please do not hesitate to reach out to our clergy, school directors or on-site social worker. Please know that your KI family is here as we grapple with this disaster as a community.

 

Despite the repeated devastation from Harvey and now Irma, we cannot allow ourselves to be complacent from fatigue. For when we come together as a sacred community to share from our own blessings to those in need, we manifest holiness in our time.

 

Rabbi Amy Bernstein, Cantor Chayim Frenkel, and Rabbi Nick Renner