By Harvey Cohen
When a Synagogue opens its doors to its members to provide heat when the neighborhood goes dark, that it the Synagogue I want to belong to.
When I get a call from a Synagogue member at 9:45 p.m. telling me where you can fill your gas canisters so your aging mother-in-law can have heat, that is the Synagogue I want to belong to.
When the members of our Synagogue open their homes to other members to shower, sleep over, or even re-charge their electrical equipment, that is the Synagogue I want to belong to.
When Manetto Hill Jewish Center provides hot soup and onion rolls to those people who come for evening minyans because their stoves are not working, that is the Synagogue I want to belong to.
When there is a constant stream of e-mails informing our members of emergency contractors that they can call to help out, that is the Synagogue I want to belong to.
When our Rabbi cares about the community as much as our Rabbi does, that is the Synagogue I want to belong to.
Congrats to Manetto Hill Jewish Center for its leadership, its humanitarianism, the warmth, the food, and the love that it has shared with the community. As I said before – you have gone above and beyond and then take that to a higher level!
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With special thanks to Harvey Cohen.
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