For the past several years my wife Harriet has been president of Kulanu, a non-profit that reaches out to far-flung, emerging Jewish communities around the globe. I couldn’t be prouder that the Board of Kulanu has decided to honor her on her 70th birthday year with an online tribute journal.
It always amazes me that while Harriet has managed to be a vital, loving part of our synagogue community, and a totally wonderful wife and mother, she has also found time to be the dynamic leader of a charity that reaches out all over the world. Just to name a few, the Jews of Ghana, Uganda, Cameroon, and Zimbabwe in Africa, the B’nai Ephraim in India, the Jews of Armenia, El Salvador in Central America and the Jewish community in Kaifeng have all been beneficiaries of Kulanu’s and Harriet’s efforts.
I think Kulanu Board member Rabbi Bonita Sussman put it very well when she recently wrote that Harriet “has brought individuals and communities from the most unlikely places closer to Judaism and the Jewish people. Her work in a very real sense is the fulfillment of those prophetic visions which speak of the ingathering of the Jewish people from literally the ends of the earth.”
So, stressful as it is for me to ask anyone for money, I know that many of you will welcome the opportunity to honor Harriet and help further Harriet’s and Kulanu’s good work.
To place an ad in the journal, go to kulanu.org/tribute. If you’d like to join a group of Kulanu supporters, donate any amount and write “Kulanu Supporter” in the comments.