2020 Passover Campaign

by Jewish Life at VCU

Dear Wonderful Friend,

They were predicting painful shortages.

And the Jews of ancient Egypt had many questions. What would they do for food? How will they get water? Where will they get medical supplies? Who will lead them? Would there be an election? Or would there be an appointed leader?

They were getting ready to leave Egypt. And they didn’t know what the future held. They were worried.

We struggle with many of the same questions today. And students need direction.

Normally, this time of year, I write to you asking for your help to host students for Passover.

But there is a problem.

The world is in turmoil. Quarantines. Confusion about Israel Leadership. Doubt about USA elections. Stock markets. Shortages.

As of the writing of this letter, students are/are not scheduled to be on campus for Passover. Obviously this a fluid situation. And today, I’d like to ask for your help. Because we need to be ready for anything.

Whether the students are here or away, we need to be there for them.

And, with your help, we will be here when they get back.

If students are here, then, with your help, we will host a marvelous seder for them. With all the trimmings.

And if they are away, we will reach out to them personally. Connect individually. And be sure that everyone has a Seder-to-Go. With your help, we’ll be mailing Seder Kits and Matzot to those who don’t have a place.

Because we need to be there for our students, even when they are away.

And I’m asking you, in honor of Passover and the Matzah, to give to this important campaign. Give to our students. Because now more than ever they need the lesson of Passover. They need our “bread of faith”, the matzah and the lesson that lives on. They need this fundamental Jewish idea of trust and courage that has sustained us for thousands of years.

May G-d A-lmighty protect you and your loved one, and all the people of our planet.

Happy Passover!

Rabbi Matisyahu Friedman

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