Rabbi Idit Solomon spoke recently at Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley. Giving a drash about the Torah portion “Toldot” that begins with a brief mention of Isaac and Rebekah struggling to conceive, Rabbi Solomon showed how we often miss the significance of infertility in the lives of men and how it can cause a person to act in ways never imagined. In this week’s Torah portion “Beshalach,” we read of the Children of Israel leaving Egypt. Rabbi Solomon will be speaking at Congregation Beth Israel in Berkeley connecting the Israelite’s path towards redemption with the struggles towards fertility. See post below from Rabbi Cohen and an article about the need for more support for infertility in the Jewish community.
Hasidah is thrilled to be among the first grant recipients from the Tmicha (Hebrew for support) giving circle. Giving circles are a new trend in philanthropic giving where groups of people work together to make a larger impact through a shared giving process. Kol hakavod (more power to you!) to our partners Priya and The Red Stone who share this honor with us and who share our combined vision for more Jewish babies.
From one of the Tmicha participants: “We have chosen to make Jewish infertility the focus of our first cycle, and are honored to be able to support the work of Priya, Hasidah and The Red Stone, three infertility support organizations working in different communities and different parts of the Jewish community. I hope that you will consider learning more about each of these organizations and the holy work they do, and consider a gift of your own.”
Thank you Tmicha!
The Sh’ma Journal dedicated an entire issue about infertility in the Jewish community. Please read, forward and share!
Read the first Hasidah newsletter featuring Hasidah’s first grant awarded, the first National Jewish Infertility Network teleconference, the Double Chai Campaign, and a High Holiday message about infertility.