From the Shalom Austin CEO: Making Time to Come Together
By the time you receive this issue, we will be in the midst of celebrating one of our most sacred holidays – Passover. Passover is one of the most observed holidays in the world by the Jewish people. It’s a time for family and friends to convene together to recall our freedom from slavery and begin our journey toward the land of Israel through the wilderness. Every year we recount this moving story and imagine ourselves as if we left Egypt. The key takeaway is that our Passover story must resonate with each of us and memory plays an integral role in the vibrancy of Jewish life through reliving key moments in our Jewish narrative.
As we conclude Passover and approach Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), Yom HaZikaron (Israeli Memorial Day) and Yom HaAtzmaut (Israeli Independence Day), I urge us to approach these observances and celebrations as if we are reliving these pivotal moments. This year is a special one as Israel turns 70. The founding of the modern state of Israel is a miracle in its own right and what Israel has accomplished is remarkable in only 70 years of existence. I hope that you will join us for each of these observances.
Just as we come together for Passover and our annual observances celebrations, our community had the opportunity to convene together on one night at IGNITE! More than 1,200 community members joined together to raise support for our community. I would like to thank our amazing co-chairs, Dana Baruch, Mike Krell, David Kline and Stephanie Yamin for their dedication and steadfast support in making this event a success. We are also extremely grateful for the leadership and generosity of Phil and Adam Loewy, who inspired the community with a $100,000 challenge match.
Finally, it is with great pride that I congratulate one of our own teens, Emily Kolodney, for her election as International S’ganit, or vice president of programming of B’nai B’rith Girls. It is a great honor to serve in this prestigious role and we take great pride in her leadership. Mazel tov!
Reliving key moments in our history inspires us to make a difference in our own communities and the world in which we live. Thank you for everything you do to strengthen our community and to build the future of Jewish life in Austin and Central Texas.