Jewish Teens from Northern Westchester UJA Federation, New Orleans, LA, 2006
Jewish Teens from Northern Westchester UJA Federation, New Orleans, LA, 2006Click to Enlarge
These young people have traveled from Westchester County, New York, to New Orleans, Louisiana, to volunteer in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. In the photo you can see them cleaning a building that was damaged by the floods. Many members of the world Jewish community donated their money and time to help those affected by the disaster. Adam Bronstone, of the New Orleans Jewish Federation, commented on the contributions of such volunteers: “They can’t fix levees. They can’t put people in FEMA trailers. But they can help brighten up someone’s day. Things are pretty dark now, and volunteers of all ages are continuing to give to this city” (New York Jewish Week, February 24, 2006).
הֲלוֹא פָרֹס לָרָעֵב לַחְמֶךָ, וַעֲנִיִּים מְרוּדִים תָּבִיא בָיִת: כִּי-תִרְאֶה עָרֹם וְכִסִּיתוֹ, וּמִבְּשָׂרְךָ לֹא תִתְעַלָּם.
It is to share your bread with the hungry, and to take the wretched poor into your home; when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to ignore your own kin.
-Isaiah (Yeshayahu) 58:7
מְפַרְנְסִים עֲנִיֵּי נָכְרִים עִם עֲנִיֵּי יִשְׂרָאֵל וּמְבַקְּרִין חוֹלֵי נָכְרִים עִם חוֹלֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וְקוֹבְרִין מֵתֵי נָכְרִים עִם מֵתֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל מִפְּנֵי דַרְכֵי שָׁלוֹם:
We support Jewish and non-Jewish poor; we visit Jewish and non-Jewish sick and bury Jewish and non-Jewish dead, to promote the ways of peace.
– Babylonian Talmud, Gittin 61a
Do not be wise in words – be wise in deeds.
– Yiddish saying
סוּר מֵרָע, וַעֲשֵׂה-טוֹב; בַּקֵּשׁ שָׁלוֹם וְרָדְפֵהוּ.
Shun evil and do good,
Seek peace and pursue it.
– Psalms (Tehilim) 34:15