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A Sports Dinner Invocation

I was recently invited to give the invocation at the annual JCC Sports Hall of Fame fundraiser dinner.

I opened with the following story —

There’s an old line that asks, “What does a Jewish woman make for dinner?” And the answer is: “Reservations.”


I then proceeded to suggest a different punch line, one which is more positive and truer and more accurate. Instead of saying, “reservations,” I suggest the answer to the question should be, “Donations.”



I then went on to explain that during any typical week, there are a number of dinners sponsored various Jewish organizations. It is possible to make a contribution and eat out just about every night of the week.


The significant point is that this is a reflection of our Jewish values. As a people and community, it is truly remarkable to note how much we do on behalf of others. We Jews should take pride in our collective and individual philanthropic efforts.


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Stuart Weinblatt

Rabbi Stuart Weinblatt is the President of the Rabbinic Cabinet of the Jewish Federations of North America. From 2009 - 2014 he served as Director of Israel Policy and Advocacy for the Rabbinical Assembly.
Rabbi Weinblatt is the rabbi of Congregation B'nai Tzedek in Potomac, Maryland, a vibrant Conservative synagogue of 650 families he founded in 1988, along with his wife and a handful of families.