Recently, we have heard a lot of terrible news. The awful
shootings at the Kansas City JCC. New attempts on college campuses to
delegitimize and demonize Israel. Reports of Ukrainian Jews being ordered to
“register” by the authorities, which turned out to be the work of rogue
provocateurs, and of synagogues in Ukraine being firebombed, which
turned out to be horribly real.
Since I am a leader in Chicago’s
Jewish Federation, and active nationally with the American Jewish Joint
Distribution Committee, when calamity strikes, my friends ask me what is
happening. What are we, the organized Jewish Community, going to
do? Are we ready?
The good news is: Yes, we are ready.
Thanks to you.
Thanks to your loyal support
of the JUF Annual Campaign, and your commitment to the global Federation system
that it funds.
For years, we — and our parents and our
parents’ parents — have built that Federation system, a worldwide infrastructure
to ensure that we can meet the challenges of future emergencies and
opportunities. The system is at work on the ground every day, providing
essential services from Buffalo Grove to Buenos Aires and Simferopol to Sderot.
That Federation system — that infrastructure — is
sustained, year in and year out, through our gifts to the JUF Annual
Now, “infrastructure” isn’t a sexy word. Neither
is “planning” or “preparedness.” But we, the committed members of
the Chicago’s Jewish community, have strategically invested in this capacity
building because it is so important for the security and vitality of the Jewish
And our community knows it. We have seen the
Federation system in action, airlifting Jews out of harm’s way, rushing aid to
terror attack survivors, reaching across the globe anytime, anywhere a Jew is in
trouble. We know that this is the benefit and beauty of a
While we are vigilant about
potential threats and dangers, we are also investing in programs for your kids
and mine — Jewish preschools, days schools, camps, youth groups and Hillels —
that will enhance and enrich our community. We understand that infrastructure is
what makes it possible to do both, to mobilize sufficient time and resources to
prepare for rainy days and for better days. To meet challenges and
As we reach the height of the 2014
JUF Annual Campaign season, thank you in advance for your commitment to the work
of this system and its values. For your generosity to the Campaign that makes it
Yes, we are ready.
Thanks to you.
Schrayer is Chairman of the Jewish Community Relations Council and Immediate
Past Chairman of the Board of the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of