As we kindle the lights of Chanukah this year faced with unprecedented darkness, let each flame illuminate not just the darkness around us, but the remarkable lights within our community.
The first light flickers with the commitment and resolute response, as we witness our communities rallying together, raising funds, and offering profound support for Israel. In this shared endeavor, we discover the strength that lies in unity.
The second light reveals an awakening—an awakening of so many individuals who hold a deep affection for Jewish life, now stepping forward to express their care and solidarity. Their presence adds new radiance to our collective journey.
The third light shines upon the strengthened bonds with Israel, uniting us across miles and time zones. Our conversations with family, friends, and community members serve as beams that bridge the distance and fortify our connection.
The fourth light emanates from the resilience and unity of Israel itself. In the face of challenges, the nation stands firm, a testament to the unwavering spirit that defines the Israeli people.
The fifth light highlights our community’s luminosity in responding collaboratively to the crisis. Organizations join forces, creating a tapestry of support that outshines the challenges we face.
The sixth light gleams as people discover new ways to connect within our Jewish community. Initiatives like One Table, PJ Library, and Gather grants weave threads of togetherness, fostering stronger ties.
The seventh light anticipates a journey—our professional leaders, representing synagogues and organizations, plan to visit Israel in January. This pilgrimage symbolizes our enduring commitment to stand side by side with the land we hold dear.
The eighth light radiates from the heroic individuals, both here and in Israel, whose actions remind us of the strength and uniqueness inherent in our people.
Their stories illuminate the path forward, guiding us through the shadows toward a brighter, shared destiny.
May all these lights continue to shine bright, and may we find joy in them this Chanukah.
Eric Robbins is the CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta.