Number 211 - 2013/18 May 6, 2013 Iyar 26, 5773
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PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF LOCATION FOR VASSAR ENVIRONMENTAL STREAM CLEANING PROJECT. GO TO THE WEBSITE. CLICK HERE.
Jewish American Heritage Month (Government Website)
HELP US DISSEMINATE INFORMATION ON THESE OPPORTUNITIES FOR JEWISH INVOLVEMENT IN DUTCHESS COUNTY
Sunday, May 5
Wednesday, May 8
Thursday, May 9
Saturday, May 11
Sunday, May 12
Mitzvah Day, our special day of community service is right around the corner, on Sunday, May 5th. It will be bigger and better than ever!
This year, please remember our special Mitzvah Day collections which can be dropped off at the JCCDC, 110 S. Grand Ave., after April 28th:
Boxes of cereal for Cereal Counts
Non-perishable food for the VA food pantry
NEW underwear and NEW socks for the Veterans at the VA Hospital
NEW twin comforters and pillowcases for the residents of the River Haven Shelter
We have a few projects that need extra volunteers this year:
The Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie needs help with raking, planting, and a spring cleanup
River Haven Youth Shelter (in Poughkeepsie) needs help with painting a fence
Camp Eden Village (in Putnam Valley, not far from Fahnstock State Park) needs help planting an orchard
New Horizons Briggs Farm (in Poughkeepsie) needs help painting a fence
Jewish Family Services (at the JCCDC) needs a few more volunteers to help serve breakfast and lunch
This is a wonderful opportunity for members of the local Jewish community, together with their friends of all faiths, to make a real difference. We will help the many non-profits in the area that serve the hungry, the homeless, children in foster care/residential treatment, preserve our streams, comfort older adults who reside in nursing homes...We have projects indoors and out, projects for those who prefer sedentary work and those who like to work out of doors, projects for 4 year olds and for 94 year olds. To learn more about the opportunities for Mitzvah Day, click on the following link, and register for an activity:
Or go to www.jewishdutchess.org and click on the Mitzvah Day badge.
And make a difference.
BLOGGING JEWISH IN DUTCHESS
Have you ever wondered why the life and doings of certain people appear to resonate so much louder in the history of the world than others? Why do some people become emblematic of the history of their nations? While reading recently a book by Victor Matthews (“Studying the Ancient Israelites”) I ran across an interesting explanation (which he attributes to a 1982 work by Cohn): We all like heroes.
An what is a hero? They come in all sizes and shapes and colors...so can we really find a common explanation of what makes a hero a hero? I believe so, and I will use the quote on Matthews' book to explore how that could apply to our world today.
ISRAEL IS REAL
Israelis excel in finding keys to long life (Israel 21c)
From Iraq to Israel, for life-saving heart surgery (Israel 21c)
Glow Run comes to Israel (Israel 21c)
Jerusalem Post Conference: Videos of speeches by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren, Former PM Ehud Olmert, Foreign Minister Yuval Steinitz, Former Mossad Chief Meir Dagan and Former Military Intelligence Chief Amos Yadlin (Jerusalem Post)
Netanyahu cool to Arab land-swap initiative (Washington Post)
Pope Francis says he wants to visit Israel in near future(Times of Israel)
Israel will be "wiped out" if it attacks Hezbollah, says Iran(Times of Israel)
Syria: Al Qaeda's battle for control of Assad's chemical weapons plant (London Telegraph)
Scottish Jewish event forced to move after threats(Jerusalem Post)
Presidential proclamation on Jewish American Heritage Month 2013 (White House Website)
The geopolitics of Israel's gas reserves (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)
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