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Letters from the Front

From around the country, we’ve been hearing amazing stories of generosity, how our community has pulled together to help Hurricane Katrina victims, reaching out to its own, and to the wider world. “Live Generously” may be a slogan, but our community embodies that commandment to repair the world every day, in many ways.

Adam Bronstone, director of community relations for the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, who has been working out of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, told of how he attended a local synagogue and realized he’d left his tallis bag back in New Orleans, only to have a congregant quickly give him his own.

This, and the UJC/federation system’s overall response, helped Adam realize that the community is always there for Jews in Israel, the former Soviet Union, Argentina or Ethiopia, but also here at home. “I can tell you, now I know what Jewish community means,” he said.

Here are just some of the stories you are telling us, in your own words.

Dr. Dan Romm, UJC Network state chair, Mississippi, and UJC Network campaign chair, Biloxi/Gulfport (October 6)

Julie Wise Oreck, Chair, OTZMA (October 6)

Steven J. Edelstein, Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee

Barbara Raynor, Houston Federation

Eric Stillman, Executive Director, New Orleans Jewish Federation

From the Atlanta Federation

Lee Wunsch, Executive Director, Houston Jewish Federation  |  Stories of Lovingkindness, From Houston

Julie Wise Oreck, Chair, OTZMA (September 9)