Shabbat Message for February 21

February 21, 2014 | Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

Dear WP Supporters,

I’m back home from two weeks in Israel and now catching up on Michigan Life. As we currently are celebrating Presidents’ week, I just wanted to briefly touch on the fact that both Presidents Lincoln and Washington were great friends of our national Jewish community during their eras. It was rumored that Lincoln’s last words were about his wish to visit Jerusalem and that Washington wrote a famous letter to the Newport, RI, Touro Synagogue (oldest synagogue building still standing today) promoting religious freedoms for our new nation. Our State and Federal governments still help us today. We receive needed funds both from Lansing and Washington, D.C., and the determined amount depends on the number of donors to our community. This is why it is essential that each household member gives a gift in their own name, and why a separate woman’s gift is advantageous to our community. By the way, there are about 67,000 Jews in Metro Detroit and about 11,600 donors to our Jewish Federation. Thanks for all of your help in supporting our efforts to sustain our beloved community.

Wishing you a Sweet Shabbat Shalom,

Lisa

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