Chanukah, the eight-day “Festival of Lights” which begins on the night of December 21st, commemorates two aspects of a single miracle: the rededication of a Jewish Temple that was desecrated and almost destroyed more than 2,000 years ago due to religious intolerance; and the celebration of that Temple’s amazing survival, during which one tiny flask of oil found to light the Temple lamp, its “menorah,” lasted not just for one day, but for an astonishing eight days.
Perhaps at this time we can draw renewed strength from the image of the menorah, the eight-stemmed candelabrum kindled each night of Chanukah.
Eight statuesque candles capture our attention. But, behind the scenes, it is the shamash, the ninth candle, that ignites all the others, enabling them to glow with beauty and grace.
So it is with us. The JCCA family ignites hope and light in the hearts of thousands of children and families throughout the year ... and then steps into the background.
Because of people like you — our trustees, donors, volunteers, and all of our supporters — great miracles happen here. And I hope you realize that those thousands of lights would be dimmer without you, a sentiment that is poignantly expressed by a well-known poet in this traditional Chanukah song:
We light these candles For the miracles and wonders Of these days and this season.
Miracles and wonders Performed by human hands Miracles of courageous hearts, Wonders of the human spirit ...
We carry torches on gloomy nights, to illuminate the paths beneath our feet.
That those whose hearts thirst for light will raise their eyes and their hearts to the light to us and come.
Happy Chanukah and a joyous holiday season to all. May 2009 bring health and happiness to you and your loved ones.
Richard Altman Chief Executive Officer
Barbara Salmanson President
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