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Answer the Call

by Heather Lewin

At this time of dramatic change and uncertainty in our world, it is comforting to remind ourselves that a single positive action from one individual can have a ripple effect. You have the power to create change and spread kindness; to fulfill the responsibility of Tikkun Olam. And because we are all in this together, you don’t have to try and do it alone. Instead of being divided in the face of hate, our Jewish community is more united than ever with others, as the negative actions of a few bring together the many in peace and solidarity.

In this light, your support, participation, and our bond as a community is more important than ever.

A little over a month ago, we officially celebrated the start of our 2017 fundraising campaign for the Tulsa Jewish United Fund (TJUF) with a packed house. Community members and friends gathered at the JCC for a fascinating evening with acclaimed Israeli photojournalist Gil Cohen-Magen, whose photographs were also on display at The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art. Cohen-Magen gave a powerful presentation, with breathtaking images of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, showing how perspective and interpretation mean so much, and how a lot depends on who is taking the picture.

The event demonstrated one of the many benefits of supporting the TJUF (formerly the Annual Campaign), keeping Tulsa’s connection to Israel alive and vibrant.

By giving and encouraging others to give, YOU are sending a child to Jewish sleepaway camp for a life-changing experience, YOU are helping someone in our community make rent this month—and not have to choose between groceries or paying their electric bill—YOU are ensuring our community center continues to offer the best possible programs from fitness to family fun, YOU are promoting peace and interfaith relations in a time of divisiveness in America, and YOU are making life better for fellow Jews in Israel and in 70 countries around the world. These are just a few of the needs we are all called upon to serve.

The theme of this year’s Super Sunday was “Answer the Call.” On March 5, hundreds in our community did, raising thousands of dollars and joining in the effort to do our part as Tulsa Jews to make this world a better place.

Our fundraising effort continues all year long! Please make your pledge today by contacting Heather at hlewin@jewishtulsa.org, 918.495.1100, or donate online at jewishtulsa.org.

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