Praying for a better future during the High Holidays

September 18, 2023

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Naomi Sedek
As Yom Kippur approaches, many of us in the Jewish community prepare for a day of fasting, prayer, and reflection. But beyond these rituals lies an essential message that intersects profoundly with the work we do at Tidewater Jewish Foundation: the importance of legacy.

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the pinnacle of the Jewish High Holy Days—a time to reconcile with God and our fellow humans. As we stand in synagogue or gather in our homes, recounting the past year’s actions and praying for a better future, we are prompted to think about the legacies we are building. What will remain of our deeds, our words, and our commitments? How are we contributing to our community’s continuity and the world’s betterment?

This focus on legacy is integral to the work of our foundation, where we strive to connect donors with causes that address immediate needs and build a sustainable future for our community. We encourage endowment building, philanthropy education, and community initiatives that ensure the vibrancy and longevity of Jewish life here in Tidewater and around the world.

As you reflect on this Yom Kippur, I invite you to ponder your legacy. Each of us leaves an indelible imprint in ways both large and small. Let’s strive to make that imprint of compassion, service, and enduring love for our rich traditions and global community.

Wishing you an easy fast, and meaningful Yom Kippur.

Naomi Limor Sedek is president and CEO of Tidewater Jewish Foundation. Contact her at nsedek@tjfva.org, to learn about partnering with TJF.

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