I write all this in the aftermath of a most incredible Mitzvah Day at Congregation Or Ami. I am kvelling (beaming proudly) about our response to one problem in the world: the pain of children removed by necessity from their homes in the middle of the night to escape neglect or abuse. Often leaving with only the shirts on their back, these children will now receive, with love from Or Ami, one of 300 Comfort Bag filled with age-appropriate clothing, games to play, stuffed animals to hug, books to read, journals to write/color in, toiletries to clean with, and a personalized pillow case on which to lay down their exhausted little heads to sleep. So last Sunday our little Congregation was filled – bima to bathroom and closet to kitchen – with countless families and innumerable donated items. Shining our light on the injustice these children face, Or Ami turned back (instead of “turning its back”) to help. Thanks to the leadership of Social Action Chair Laurie Tragen-Boykoff, her volunteers and all who donated items or tzedakah. So I schep nachas (sharing the joy) each time I think about our Mitzvah Day caring.
And still I worry, have we done enough?