Happy Passover from the Jewish Federation

April 11, 2014 | Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

Passover 2014

On April 14, Jewish families and friends across the community will be sitting down at the Seder table to celebrate one of our most meaningful occasions. Reading from the Haggadah, we will retell the story of our people’s exodus from bondage and celebrate our powerful connection to our history—as well as to one another. During the holiday, we will take time to remember the struggles of our people and to reflect with pride on what it means to be Jewish. Together we will read aloud: Let all who are hungry come and eat. As the leadership of the Jewish Federation of North America recently observed, these simple words are filled with meaning for today:

Those words capture the essence of the Jewish Federation’s mission, and they are reflected each day in the remarkable work carried out by our local agencies and congregations, and our overseas partners the Jewish Agency for Israel, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and World ORT.

Our various programs, our dollars, the food that we literally deliver to the hungry make a real difference in people’s lives as we build our global Jewish community and strengthen it for generations to come. This work must continue throughout the year as we constantly challenge ourselves to learn more, to do more, to help more.

This ideal became abundantly clear in recent weeks as events unfolded in Ukraine, where an estimated 300,000 Jews live. The Jewish Federations and our partners have sprung into action with emergency response networks to ensure continued home deliveries of food, medicine, heating fuel and life-sustaining medical care for the elderly. Money is being raised to help fund increased security at Jewish communal and welfare centers, yeshivas, synagogues and schools.

We are fortunate to live in one of the most vibrant and committed Jewish communities to be found anywhere, a place where Jewish values and ideals are ingrained in daily life. On behalf of the Federation, we are exceptionally grateful to the thousands of our fellow Jews who have generously donated to help those in need both here and around the world, and who have worked to build the future of Jewish Detroit. Thank you for all you have done.

May your Passover be filled with warmth and joy.

Chag Sameach,

Your Friends and Family at the Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit

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