In the United States, we often use the word, charity to refer to our philanthropic giving. This is a lovely word, referring specifically to “helping those in need.” This is in fact what we as Jews do, but our tradition of giving goes beyond that as well. When you look at the translation for tzedakah, before you read the word, “charity,” you will see the words, “justice” and “righteousness.” Therefore, giving in the Jewish tradition is more than just charity, but is a just and righteous act.
There is an expression, ”ein kemach; ein Torah,” without bread, there is no Torah. To put it simply, Adat Shalom cannot survive on the beautiful words of Torah alone. In order to provide the space in which we worship, we also need to take care of the logistics of the infrastructure.
Like our own homes, our home away from home, Adat Shalom, has to pay the utilities, staff, and other bills. Like our own homes, we need to maintain the building that allows us to gather for programs and prayers. And like our own home, when we don’t have enough to take care of our basic needs, we can focus on little else.
That is why we ask you to give from your hearts. It is only with your generosity and help above and beyond the annual membership fees that allows us to offer so many things our community desires. We want to maintain and improve our excellent education programs, beautiful facilities and inspiring spiritual leadership. Your financial help will make this possible.
Please help us provide the bread for our Adat Shalom home so we can focus on the programs, the Torah, the learning, the friendship, the support, and so much more.