During Yom Kippur, I asked for the members of our community to share with me the variety of work we’re engaged in around our community to help make our world a better place. I appreciate not getting a deluge right after the holy days and now I’m pleased to start gathering and organizing the many worthwhile causes members of our Temple Beth Israel community are supporting.
Estelle Boro was one of the first to call me up and not only tell me about the work she does but also invite Rabbi Laura and myself to attend a dinner for the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust. Thanks Estelle! The event was held to celebrate ‘25 years of creating and protecting the San Joaquin River Parkway and the trail ahead…’
We gathered in a tent on the grounds of the River Center on Old Friant Road, right along the river itself. I was pleased to see participants and tables sponsored by a variety of supporters crossing a wide spectrum of our population including life long conservationists, business representatives and several members of TBI.
The Parkway Trust is a great illustration of my High Holy Day sermon as it’s not only a worthwhile mitzvah for our community but also engages a number of our members.
One of the first activities I did as rabbi in this community was to get into a canoe with our Camp Shalom campers on an excursion to clean up the river. We’ve done it each summer and I hope it continues to be a regular Temple Beth Israel mitzvah opportunity.
...and I do hope that those who have not yet checked out the worthwhile work being done to preserve our river, will take some time to explore the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust.
The river provides water to irrigate our region and a home to local flora and fauna. Humans have settled along the river for thousands of years and now we’re restoring substantial space to insure a home for indigenous species and provide recreational opportunities.
I’m continuing to learn about the many opportunities in and around our valley to help make the world a better place. Let me know about your favorite.