April 7, 2020
As we begin a Passover like no other, the holiday's themes have taken on a completely new meaning.
Like every year, Jews the world over will commemorate the hardships of our past and celebrate our ultimate triumph over them. But unlike any other year, the celebration will be marred by the new reality that COVID-19 has created for the foreseeable future.
For the first time, many families will be unable to gather around their Seder tables together. Songs and customs celebrating our freedom will feel hypocritical. Dreams of "Next Year in Jerusalem" may seem like a far less urgent concern than fears of where we will all be next month.
As difficult as that experience will be, there are others in our community for whom this crisis has caused far greater struggles. Many of our community's most vulnerable and at-risk members have been hit extremely hard by the unfortunate circumstances. These include seniors, Holocaust survivors, people with disabilities, shut-ins, and people living below the poverty line.
B'nai Brith has been doing everything in its power to help these members of our community during this difficult time. But we can't do it alone.
In the spirit of hope and freedom that this holiday is all about, we ask that you please CLICK HERE and consider making a donation to Canada’s oldest self-funded and independent Jewish organization - so that we can continue to keep that hope aflame for those who need it most. Even as little as $9 will go a long way for someone who truly needs it.
As the Haggadah reminds us each year, there is no challenge that we cannot overcome when we pull together as a people and do the right thing. Together, we will get through this.
Thank you for your support and Chag Sameach!
Chair of the Board
B'nai Brith Canada