Beloved Chochmat HaLev Community,
It is Hanukkah, the time of light in the face of darkness. It is the time of renewal, hope, and rededication. And in the darkness that sometimes surrounds us, Chochmat HaLev shines forth as a Place of the Heart, a Makom HaLev.
Chochmat HaLev is a place that brings together a great diversity of people – all backgrounds, all ages – to pray, to meditate, to dance with joy, to learn. It is a place for all people, and every kind of family. A place that welcomes different levels of observance. A place to celebrate, to explore, to grow, to mourn.
Chochmat HaLev is a place where Judaism is a presence and force in our troubled world. It is a sanctuary, a resource for inner strength and outer action. To have a spiritual home is so important in the world right now!
Chochmat HaLev is a place where community connections grow strong – a wide and sheltering tent, an open door. A community where we hold each other in times of both joy and sadness. A place where people step up to be there for each other.
Chochmat HaLev is a place that helps each of us become our best selves. A place where we practice the Middot, the values and virtues of being a good person as a human reflection of our Divine origin. A place where we learn – through Torah, through sharing, through stories, through each other – how to be in the world. A place where families and kids support each other and learn together.
To keep its light shining, Chochmat HaLev needs your help. We have been through a difficult year, both in the world around us and in the world of Chochmat HaLev. Now we need to rededicate ourselves to our Place of the Heart. Each of us needs to step up to help our beloved community continue to thrive and grow.
Please contribute as generously as you can this Hanukkah season. We are so grateful for each and every one of you.
Jeffrey Kessler, Co-President of the Board of Directors