As we enter the High Holy Days – the most sacred, beautiful, and reflective period in our calendar – let us not forget that Jewish life is flourishing here in San Diego with a community of more than 100,000 strong. We are remarkably diverse, hailing from many different countries, with many different backgrounds, customs and perspectives. We have nearly 100 thriving Jewish organizations serving our educational, social, spiritual, health and financial needs, while also supporting those in need outside of our community. We are deeply engaged in the life of this city and county, and support many of the institutions that make San Diego “America’s Finest City.”
Within the next few weeks, thousands of us will celebrate the Jewish New Year – a time to recommit to treating ourselves and one another with kindness and respect, and to the essential and fundamentally Jewish work of tikkun olam, “repairing the world.”
We know that together with strong leaders like Mayor Gloria and his team, alongside our allies and partners throughout the community, we can make significant strides in reducing antisemitism and all forms of hate and focus instead on all that we have to celebrate.