When I think of Kadima, our beloved justice-seeking community, what comes to mind is our Women’s Torah. I see the bold lettering, the “black fire on white fire,” and admire the ornate artwork that embraces and enfolds our Torah.
The Women’s Torah embodies Kadima on three levels:
- First is the collectivity of the Torah: It takes all of us. You can see this in the distinct handwriting styles of the five different scribes who wrote our Torah.
- Second is what the Women’s Torah represents as a rebellion against patriarchy and indeed all forms of injustice and dehumanization. Kadima’s act of commissioning the Torah 17 years ago was itself an act of resistance to the unjust tradition that only men could scribe a Torah. In holding up the Women’s Torah we are lifting up the right of all members of our community to be fully recognized and treated as equals.
- And third, in creating our own sefer Torah, Kadima honors our Jewish history and traditions, with all its wonder, its complexities and ambiguities.
Today, Kadima is striving with the same ambition, to build a vibrant community that serves our spiritual and educational needs, that builds friendship and love, and that allows us to engage together in the vital, urgent work of Tikkun Olam.
But Kadima needs your financial support as well, to continue growing and to serve as a vital place of resilience and resistance in today’s world.
At this point we’ve raised $83,200 in our budget in donations and pledges toward meeting our budget of $196,000 for the year ending June 30, 2018. That means that halfway through our budget year, we still have to raise $112,800.
We can reach this goal, with your generosity and help. The members of Kadima’s Board of Directors have pledged collectively to contribute more than $5,000 toward the end-of-year fundraising. So please join us, if you are able, with a tax-deductible gift to Kadima today.
Can you give $5,000? $1,000? $500? $100? $36? Any contribution that you can make is generous.
Working together, we will live out the spirit of justice that is embodied in our Women’s Torah.
President, Kadima Board of Directors