The other day I was talking to a woman who has lived in Vancouver for many, many years. She has many bitter feelings towards our Vancouver Jewish community and for some reason she decided during that conversation to voice them to me.
She said that she, as an elderly, quite home-bound, Holocaust survivor, cannot believe that there is nothing volunteer in the community to support her. She may not need financial assistance but she said that she is not the only Holocaust survivor in this city who is at home most of the time and feels pretty much totally disconnected from the community. Besides the odd call for donations, she barely hears from the community.
She is also shocked that we still do not have a Kosher soup kitchen in Vancouver.
There are organizations she has been giving money to for many years and she is disappointed by their lack of community work like visiting home-bound people and making sure our community members aren’t hungry.
It is beshert that she spoke to me about this just now since it was only a few days ago that I started talking to someone about possibly starting some kind of chesed project in Vancouver to help our community’s needy.
I hesitate to divulge information right now (until there is something to talk about, there is nothing to talk about) but please stay tuned. I truly, truly hope that extremely soon I will be able to start helping in my little way.
Shavua tov and happy 7th night of Chanuka. May we each use our potential to bring an abundance of light into the world.