One of the best pieces of advice I ever received was not to start sentences with “I hope…” The individual said to me “hope” can only get you so far. At the same time, despite overcoming so many obstacles within the Chanukah story, I realize that miracles seem far too uncommon to rely on them. Therefore, let us focus on hard work, creativity, imagination, sound planning, and execution (with hope, miracles and even luck mixed in) so we can truly make anything happen for ourselves and our Jewish community.
I want you to feel/see/know that the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, in partnership with so many, is working hard to embody these principles so together we can truly build a more vibrant and accessible Jewish community for all.
Best wishes to you and your family for a Happy Chanukah and Shabbat Shalom.
PS – Sorry this week is so short, but I am away. Next Friday, however, I hope to share some new year’s resolutions.