MERCAZ USA Joins With The American Zionist Movement In Its Purim Connection 2009
Bring a Smile to a Child's Face – Construct a Bridge to an IDF Soldier – Develop a Connection to Masorti Communities
A cease fire is in place and an uneasy quiet has enveloped Israel. Children in the south have returned to their schools, but the psychological impact of the rockets and terror remains. Soldiers have withdrawn from Gaza, but the order to return to the battlefield could be given at any time.
You can make your presence felt in Israel, where our people need you most. Give light, gladness, joy and honor to the Children and Soldiers from the Masorti Congregations in Israel's southern region, including:
the Neve Hanna Children's Village in Kiryat Gat,
Netzach Israel in Ashkelon,
Etz Haim in Ashdod, and
Eshel Avraham in Be'er Sheva.
Make your contribution to the AZM Purim Connection! Light up a child's face with a smile. Bring some light into their troubled world. Connect with the brave members of the IDF with a traditional Purim Mishloach Manot basket.
Please donate now: $18 for a schoolchild; $36 for an injured child; $54 for a soldier's basket; or $180 for an injured soldier. All donations are tax deductible.
Take a minute and click here to donate to the AZM Purim Connection 2009. You can also send a check to AZM: 633 Third Avenue, 21st floor, New York, NY 10017. Please note on the check that the funds are for the special MERCAZ-sponsored Purim campaign.
To help us bring Purim joy to the maximum number of children and soldiers, please respond before February 27, 2009.
In this time of increased joy, we also pray for the speedy, healthy return of our captive soldier Gilad Shalit. May the time that he is returned safely to his family and friends come speedily in our days!
I had a beautiful day today. I stood with my sister, a passionate rabbi serving the U.S. Navy as a chaplain, at the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. We remembered our grandfather of blessed memory, who fought for America and shared hard-earned wisdom with his children and grandchildren.
I looked to my right and saw the Washington Monument. Looked to my left at the Lincoln Memorial. I read quotes engraved on massive stones. And I felt, to my core, one sad feeling: too much war.
Too. Much. War.
The quotes and certain retellings of history would have me believe that we fought for pure purposes: we fought for religious freedom, we fought to end slavery, we fought for freedom for all humanity, we fought to end tyranny. But it's also true that we fought (and fight) for economic interests. It&…