Most of you probably know who I am, but let me introduce myself.
I am Jewish Calgary.
I am the tie that binds us together, as one people.
I am a voice for our concerns, our needs.
I am the pages of a children’s book, delighting a family at bedtime.
I am a caring touch, reaching out to the isolated, the lonely.
I am dignity for those who want to live Jewishly, but are afraid to ask for help.
I am a bridge across the ocean, connecting homeland and diaspora.
I am the spiritual water of the Mikvah.
I am the applause for a speaker, a performer.
I am the spirit of youth, its optimism, passion and energy.
I am fuel for the spark of learning that dwells in every Jewish child, regardless of how they learn.
I am our collective memory, respecting the past and advocating for our future.
I am a handshake to counter disagreement, and a hand up for those on hard times.
I am the sounds, smells, words, and music of our people.
I am camp songs and laughter and the warmth of friendship that only summer knows.
I am arms open, welcome!
I am aged, I am brand new.
I am differently abled and special.
I am average and I am exceptional.
I am all these things, but I am nothing unless you will it, because… you too are Jewish Calgary.
Jewish Calgary is able to thrive, grow, extend a hand and care for the vulnerable because of the dollars donated to Calgary Jewish Federation’s UJA campaign. Without those funds, Jewish Calgary would not be the community we have grown to expect and love.
Calgary Jewish Federation has promised a level of support to the programs and services of Jewish Calgary – to all the great causes listed on these pages. To fulfill those promises, we must raise a minimum of $2.75million. Our success as a community is in your hands.
We are all Jewish Calgary. We all care for our future. Now is the time to step up and be counted. Now is the time to guarantee our Jewish future. Please give generously.