There were 55 of us on the JFEC bus bound for the Washington DC March for Israel. At first I was hesitant to go, not knowing what might happen when we arrived there. Rabbi Marc and I discussed it and helped put my fears to rest, I was excited to go. The estimated 40,000 to 60,000 of those who would be attending, quickly turned into nearly 300,000! What an amazing show of solidarity for Israel, speaking out against antisemitism, and support for those still being held hostages by Hamas. We heard from government officials from Israel and the U.S., college students, and family members of those that have been taken hostage, just to name a few. I hope the words of 300,000 people chanting “Bring them home!” was heard by those in office who can help to make that happen. I would suggest watching the Washington DC Rally for yourself, if you haven’t already, at March for Israel | Tuesday, November 14, 2023 It truly was an experience that I will not forget.
A big thank you to Rachel Levy, who was among the Jewish Federation Directors who felt the need for a rally and gave our community, and others, the opportunity to be at this historic gathering. Rachel watched over our group like a mom, always keeping us updated with where to go and how to get to and from the rally. I really enjoyed the chance to get to know her better on this trip. Another big thank you to Helen and Yelena for breakfast bagels, sandwiches for lunch, snacks, and water. I’m sure there are many more behind the scenes that helped make this possible, thank you. Matisyahu was there singing “One Day” with the Maccabeats. I’ll close with his lyrics.
“All my life I’ve been waitin’ for
JUST A REMINDER….
Start thinking about a Cabaret Act!
If you would like to chant Torah, let me know. I’ll give you a list of open dates.