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Dear Friends,

This week people around the world celebrated Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Rembrance Day. The JCC was proud to have Gavriela Kalish-Schur represent our institution, as well as our Diller Teen Fellows program, by speaking at Philadelphia’s memorial ceremony this past weekend hosted by the Philadelphia Holocaust Rembebrance Foundation, the Association of Jewish Holodcaust Survivors of Philadelphia, Phildadelphia Parks & Recreation, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. It was a moving remembrance, commemorating the six million Jews who perished in the shoah and honoring the survivors living in our community.

The refrain often invoked at these occasions, “Let us never forget,” rang urgently this year given the events that are transpiring in Ukraine. As that crisis, now in its second month, slips from the front page we at the JCC want to continue to emphasize the sentiment expressed by many at the ceremony, and across our center: How can we personally remember? Where is our opportunity to help repair our world in this broken moment? Our response is simple: Is so many ways, big and small.

Even the smallest – our preschoolers – have been thinking these past weeks about Tikkun olam, or repairing the world. In their own way, in their own classrooms, they are learning the essential lessons of justice, empathy, and love. Let us never forget.

Shabbat Shalom,
Alan