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Holiday Date
September 25 - October 5, 2022


  • Is "Normal" really good enough?

  • Dear Friend,

    This High Holiday season, I ask you for your help in an ambitious goal. I want to get to "better than normal." 

    To be clear, I hope that the pandemic will continue to recede and will soon be a distant memory. But there is a lot of talk about "getting back to normal." 

    It bothers me. And I’m hoping that it will bother you too.

    The problem is that "normal" is not good enough.

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    Covid-19 showed us the importance of connection and community. We need each other or we literally get depressed. But the thing is;

    §  Covid didn’t create homebound people. It just expanded their numbers. There are stil l so many people in our community that cannot leave their homes.

    §  Covid didn’t disperse our community, because there were many already disconnected and lonely, with no place to call "their own." There are still many who feel alone.

    So I’m asking for your help. And I’m hoping you are in a position to assist. 

    You’d be helping people like Brian. He’s a young adult living downtown who loves hanging out with his friends. He came regularly to Chabad’s social events to find company, connection, and community.

    He’s vaccinated now and is looking for a place to celebrate the Jewish New Year, in-person. Finally, after so many months, he can be with his people. You can give him this place.

    And you can do so much more too.

    §  Because there are too many elderly people who are homebound and alone.

    §  There are too many graduate students who have no family or community to join.

    §  And there are too many Jewish patients in area hospitals unable to celebrate.

    Covid-19 showed us that we can be there for people in creative ways that we never imagined.

    We can send love in the mail. A hug over the internet. And a sense of belonging through a wave at a window.

    We all need a place to go. A place to learn. A place to connect. A place to celebrate and thrive. A place where we can be ourselves and grow together as a community. 

    You can give them this place. You can bring them this connection.

    The High Holidays are right around the corner. You can help our community hear the Shofar, munch the delicious Apple & Honey, celebrate the traditions, and feel at peace, knowing that someone does care.


    Can you give $180 to help sponsor the High Holidays?

    §  Your gift will help provide homebound people with a lovely High Holiday package & message, complete with apple and honey and inspiring thoughts. 

    §  Your gift will invite young adults and grad-students who have no place else to go, to join us for services and meals. 

    §  And your gift will bring the sound of the Shofar and the joy of the holiday to Jewish patients and their families in area hospitals.

    Together, we can be "better" than before. And we need to be. Because Covid-19 taught us that life is unexpected...and way too short. And people are too precious. 

    As a community, we need to muster up every available resource to make the most of the time that we have together. To take care of each other.

    If you can give more than $180, I can assure you that it will be used to reach and host even more people. If $180 is too much, please know that any amount, even one dollar, will help.

    I hope you can join us . So many people will be most appreciative. You can give easily and securely online below or you can mail your contribution to: Chabad of Downtown, 407 S. High St. Baltimore, MD 21202

    Thank you for your consideration. If you know anyone who needs a place or a package for the High Holidays, please let us know.

    We wish you and yours a sweet New Year, Shanah Tovah,

            Levi & Chani

    Rabbi Levi & Chani Druk

    P.S. Can you contribute $180 to help give our community the gift of the High Holidays? You will give them a place to celebrate and explore their Judaism. And you are showing them that you care!

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