The month of October is often a busy month. We are winding down our High Holiday celebrations, the weather is turning cooler, and the days are getting shorter. Our Federation and its agencies are bustling with activity. The Cultural Arts & Book Festival will soon kick off, plus we have Children’s Theatre auditions, a PJ Library event, and a Women’s Philanthropy Brunch coming up in the next few weeks.
It has been a very difficult week for the United States. Puerto Rico is still trying to recover from Hurricane Maria. Questions have been raised about our government’s response to the island, which has been mostly without electricity or water for over two weeks. On Sunday evening, 59 people lost their lives in a horrific attack at a concert in Las Vegas. Over 500 more people were injured. In the midst of this, people are at odds about how to handle both situations, and how to prevent an attack like the one in Las Vegas from happening in the first place.
Last night we had our first JFGD board meeting of the year. At the end of our meeting, several board members shared stories that were not only inspirational, but reminded me of the importance of educating our Jewish children so they can proudly represent their religion and culture to the general community.