The Agudas Achim and Ezrath Jewish congregations combined in 2003 to form Congregation Agudas Achim - Ezrath Israel. Temple Agudas Achim-Ezrath Israel also offers programs for men and women and holds Shabbat geared towards children and families.
Dear Agudas Achim - Ezrath Israel Members,
We are writing to ask for your help to transform the lives of people in a village in Guatemala, Chajmaic. Although Chajmaic is far away, we have a deeply-felt bond with the people there, because the granddaughter of our Malden resident and TTI member Barbara Brown was born in that village, and her birthmother still resides there. Recently, Maya’s adoptive parents, also Malden residents, Fern and Ginny Remedi-Brown were able to locate the woman who gave birth to their daughter, and learned during their visit that the people there were living in poverty, illness, and a lack of food and basic resources.
Fern and her family quickly and thoughtfully put together a plan to give the village the tools to support themselves in a sustainable way by growing chili peppers used to make Tabasco sauce, a crop for which there is a growing market. As many of you know, the highest form of tzedakah, according to Maimonides, is to give a person the means to be self-supporting. This project has the potential to do exactly that, enabling individuals to earn enough money to support their families and provide their children with an education. Fern and Ginny have partnered with a faith-based NGO in Guatemala, CorGuate, who will set up a chili-raising project modeled after this one in Nicaragua.
For more about this project, see below an article written by Fern, "Connections of the Heart," that was published in Rainbow Kids Adoption & Child Welfare Advoacy. The link is http://www.rainbowkids.com/adoption-stories/connections-of-the-heart-1347 .
Barry Schrage and our Combined Jewish Philanthropies have made the issue of hunger a priority for this year. Many of AA-EI members have already helped with this and other projects. Agudas Achim - Ezrath Israel members once again participated in the mitzvah of feeding hundreds at the Bread of Life in Malden, also delivering hundreds of meals to local people in need on Christmas Day. Please help us extend our efforts even beyond the borders of our country to village linked through almost miraculous circumstances. Maya and Fern and Ginny’s story reminds us that our efforts to provide for others can have no boundaries. We are connected to one another through our common humanity. In addition to the programming and support already planned in our own area, we have an opportunity to extend our efforts beyond the borders of our country to village linked through almost miraculous circumstances. Fern and Ginny’s story reminds us that our efforts to provide for others can have no boundaries. We are connected to one another through our common humanity.
Now, as we near the end of 2015, we are asking for your help to raise a further $1718. – the amount needed to advance the project to the next phase. Contributions of any amount can be sent to Temple Tiferet Shalom, which qualifies as a tax-exempt donation. Contributions can be made by writing a check to Temple Tiferet Shalom, 489 Lowell St, Peabody MA 01960, and write "Rabbi's Discretionary Fund/CorGuate" in the memo. We know that you are generous in your support of many good causes. Please consider this project as well as an extension of our congregation's collective work. As Fern wrote to us a few weeks ago, “The Talmud teaches that ‘to save one life is to save the world.’ Working together makes sense for bringing the poor and the prosperous of the world into harmony with creation.”Thank you – and all the best in 2016,
Rabbi David Kudan
P.S. For those who like to take action I encourage you to contact your members of Gongress, and to learn how to fight back online by going to http://www.cjp.org/our-work/israel-overseas/israel-advocacy.
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