Dear Yavneh Community,
It is our duty on Purim to give gifts and tzedakah to the ones who need it the most. Esther 9:22 teaches us that, “the same days on which the Jews enjoyed relief from their foes and the same month which had been transformed for them from one of grief and mourning to one of festive joy. They were to observe them as days of feasting and merrymaking, and as an occasion for sending gifts to one another and presents to the poor.”
This year, we decided that our efforts needed to go towards Veterans in need.
According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, California has the highest rate of unsheltered veterans – over 70% of the unhoused population.
Our dear veterans have played such an essential role in protecting and defending us and our country. They have fought, gotten hurt, taken away from their families for months or even years just to help this country stay safe. During their deployment they protected, cared, and supported us, it is now our turn to care and support them.
For our matanot l’evyonim this year we chose US Vets because their goal is to end veteran homelessness and give them better lives and opportunities. This beautiful organization’s mission is to provide housing, counseling, career development, and comprehensive support to our beloved military veterans and their families. They – and we as well – believe all veterans deserve every opportunity to live with dignity and independence. It is their duty at U.S.VETS to deliver on our promise to always serve those who’ve served.
If you are able to, Please donate this Purim to https://usvets.org/donate/.
Marbin b’simcha – may our joy increase!