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Support Israel in Her Time of Need

Click here for resources related to the ongoing Israel - Hamas war.

Click here to read Rabbi Gelber's responses to the situation.

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GENuine Connections™ at DOROT

GENuine Connections at DOROT is a free, online community devoted to making genuine connections between older adults and high school students.  Teens and older adults meet weekly over Zoom in small groups to talk and participate in activities ranging from creative writing, chess, art, current events and so much more, leading to the discovery of new and shared perspectives. And teens get community service credits for participating!

Learn more about how to participate here!


Our hearts are with our Jewish communal family in Ukraine and all those in harm's way in the region.
The Joint Distribution Committee is working non-stop to provide food, medicine and diapers. To support the JDC in the Ukraine donate here .
We can also support Masorti Olami, our Conservative Movement international partner, in their emergency campaign  for the Masorti communities in Ukraine and the Schechter Institute , also a Movement Partner, in Israel, and Project Kesher. Here at home, we can support UJA Federation.

Urgent Need for Blood Donation in New York City

For more information about the city's blood supply situation, click here .
Click here to find additional blood drive locations and dates in your neighborhood.  

Seeking Volunteers for Midnight Run

Midnight Run coordinates over 1,000 relief missions per year, in which volunteers distribute food, clothing, and other items to the homeless on the streets of NYC. These efforts create a forum for trust, sharing, understanding and affection.

Habonim is looking to do morning runs, but we need experienced leaders in order to do that! We are asking for volunteers to sign up to do runs with another organization and be trained to lead ours! Write to our office HERE if you are interested, and learn more about Midnight Run HERE.

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. 

Fri, July 12 2024 6 Tammuz 5784