By Rabbi Paul Kipnes
There are many reasons that people join a synagogue: to teach Torah to future generations, to find spiritual sustenance, to connect with community, and to find an anchor in Jewish tradition and peoplehood. So many Jews and Jewish families today, seeing themselves as inheritors of Prophetic Judaism’s call to justice, also join to collectively act with others to transform our world.
Congregation Or Ami, like many other synagogues, understands that for Jews particularly, the driving need within toward justice and compassion begs for an outlet. Yet sometimes we are so overwhelmed by the brokenness we see in our society that we fall into compassion fatigue, when it feels too difficult to sustain the urge to repair the world because there is just too much to do.