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The Joy of Giving

A woman from out of town recently attended shabbat services for the bar or bat mitzvah of the grandchild of a friend of hers.


She approached me after services and inquired about a sign she saw in our building. She recognized the names of the people for whom the kitchen is named – Sophie Goldblatt and Paul Cooper and asked about them. I confirmed for her who they were.


She was excited when she realized that she knew the family and had lost touch, as they were neighbors many years ago. I was able to put her in touch with the members who had made the donation in honor of their parents.


What a wonderful tribute to know that these people were able to reconnect after all these years. It just goes to show, you never know the impact a donation may have!


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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.