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Support the West Side Campaign Against Hunger Spring Campaign to launch more Mobile Markets, bringing healthy food to the most food-insecure city neighborhoods.
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Presented by the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue Israel Committee with the support of the Schwartz Israel Fund

Join Ambassador Ido Aharoni and Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch for a two-part discussion about Israel's upcoming elections and their impact on Israeli society, the American-Jewish community and Jews worldwide. The first session, just ahead of the March 23 election — Israel's fourth in two years — will focus on the political map and the challenges and divisive issues facing Israelis as they head to the polls. The second session will dissect the results of the election and explore their ramifications — and opportunities — for Israeli society and the U.S.-Israel relationship.

You only have one body, take good care of it! Register for Every Move Counts, a Hadassah-sponsored virtual walk around Israel for humans of every age and ability.

More information and registration at this link:

Email Rabbi Gelber at with WALK ISRAEL in the Subject Line so we may create a Habonim group to support one another in this healthy challenge.


Vaccine eligibility is expanding regularly. Click here for current eligibility information.

Check for a constantly refreshed list of new appointments.  To make an appointment go to or call 877-VAX-4NYC or 877-829- 4692.  

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From Rabbi Gelber:

If you have not yet participated in the Gift of Life Marrow Registry, I encourage you to Get Swabbed by registering here .
Testing is free for those 18-35 and you'll learn more about the ideal profile at that link. I have worked with patients with leukemia and other blood cancers for almost 25 years and have witnessed the power of the bone marrow registries in helping to preserve and save lives. Do your part and join the registry! For questions about Judaism and saving a life, be in touch with me at

Rabbi Gelber is honored to have her words included in the rapid-response book  Remember and Do Not Forget,  Rabbinic Testimonies of January 6, 2021: A Horrific Day in American History, edited by Rabbi Menachem Creditor and Rabbi Jessie Olitzky, with Foreword by Ruth Messinger. 

Table of Contents

 When We Turned Within, Volume 2 features writing by 107 contributors from around the world - Rabbi Lisa Gelber and Malkie Grozalsky among them. Co-edited by Rabbi Menachem Creditor and Sarah Tuttle-Singer, the paperback is available here and the Kindle version is available here.

Proceeds from book sales go to UJA-Federation of NY for COVID relief efforts.

Some of Rabbi Gelber's weekly writings to the Habonim community are included in the first volume of When We Turned Within: Reflections of COVID-19. 

Lincoln Center at Home Memorial for Us All, a secular community remembrance honoring and celebrating those who have died from COVID-19. The series is over but the concerts can be viewed on Lincoln Center's  website and on the New York Board of Rabbis  Facebook  page.  

Sun, April 11 2021 29 Nisan 5781