This edition of The Voice is dedicated to our neighboring Jewish communities, including Charlotte, Atlanta, and Columbia, who offered support and welcomed so many members of the Lowcountry Jewish community with open arms during the Hurricane Matthew evacuation. Thank you for being there when we needed you.
We are also inspired by the stories we are hearing of those who stayed behind, creating a caring community. In the grand scheme, we were very lucky, and our hearts go out to those who were severely effected in places as close as Savannah and North Carolina, and as far away as Haiti.
In the week preceding the storm, Charleston Jewish Federation was hard at work with the usual activities: bringing support (and a smile and challah) to those in need thanks to our Senior Outreach Initiative, sharing universal messages of tolerance and humanity with our local schools with the help of our local Holocaust survivors like Joe Engel, engaging the next generation in Jewish life and culture through Jewish pickling with the Young Adult Division and Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program, and so much more.
And then just days after the storm, synagogues and congregations from West Ashley and Downtown to Mount Pleasant were embracing one another for Yom Kippur, coming back from the evacuation diaspora to be together once more, in our Charleston Jewish homeland.
We have so much to celebrate in our ever-growing vibrant local Jewish community. As we begin a new year, we hope you'll join us with a renewed sense of celebration and gratitude for all that we can accomplish together.
Shabbat Shalom, Happy Holidays, and Thank You For All That You Do!