November 3, 2017 | 14 Cheshvan 5778
Dear Temple Shalom Family:
It has been two months since Hurricane Irma made landfall and caused a great deal of destruction to the US Virgin Islands and the needs are still great. As most of you know, St. Thomas, where Rabbi Michael Feshbach is serving, was hit hard by the storm. Now two months out with still limited power on the island, the Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas could use the support of Temple Shalom. After speaking extensively with Julie Novick (Rabbi Feshbach's wife), it is clear that the current needs of the community are generators as well as cash to make purchases on the island for emerging needs.
The generator that we have been informed is the most needed is this model.
The generators are particularly expensive, and while we are exploring ways to get them wholesale or through charitable contributions, we know this is outside of the giving power of many in our community. So that Temple Shalom can best meet the needs of St. Thomas, we are encouraging those who are able to give tzedekah donations HERE making sure to note the occasion as St. Thomas or write a check to Temple Shalom with St. Thomas in the memo. We will collect donations over the next several weeks. Based on the amount we receive and the feasibility of shipping generators, we will either ship generators on behalf of Temple Shalom, make a monetary contribution to the congregation on behalf of Temple Shalom to disburse the money based on emerging needs, or a combination thereof.
Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with Rabbi Feshbach, Julie, Talia, and the members of the Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas. Through this effort, we hope to provide them with some support to carry them forward over the next few months.
If you would like to bring contributions to Tikkun Olam Day this Sunday, we would be happy to receive them then.
Thank you all for your ongoing concern and support.
Rabbi John A. Franken
Cantor Lisa Levine
Rabbi Rachel Ackerman
Rita Klein, President
Susan Goutos Zemsky, Executive Director
Rabbi Emeritus Bruce E. Kahn
P.S. Please also look out for further opportunities to support St. Thomas as we work to replace the haggadot the Hebrew Congregation lost to storm damage.