July 11–August 1, and August 7
During the Three Weeks (a period of mourning recalling the destruction of the Jewish Temples which our Rabbis teach was a consequence of needless Jewish infighting) the MJCC Ahavat Achim (Brotherly Love) Challenge seeks to build bridges, strengthen existing bonds, and make a bold statement of our mutual caring and interdependence.
To MJCC Members (view membership challenge letter):
We encourage all our members to make a special effort during this time to perform unprompted deeds of kindness toward one another, and in particular, on behalf of others who inhabit different social circles and demographics. Apply your creativity to enhance feelings of appreciation, warmth, and interconnectedness among our diverse community. Together, we will ensure that this period of mournful introspection serves as the catalyst for a happier tomorrow.
A comment box will be available at the fitness desk outside Rabbi Mordechai’s office for you to share stories with the rest of our community.
To Jewish Agencies (view organizational challenge letter):
On an agency level, we challenge area Jewish organizations to participate in a Secret Agency Gift Exchange (SAGE). Community SAGE's will draw names (distributed at the beginning of the Three Weeks), and perform kindness toward their designated organization throughout the Three Weeks (with a firm spending limit of $100). We will publicly reveal the Secret Agencies and share their contributions on Tu B’Av – the Jewish holiday of love and rebirth – which falls on August 7th.
Thank You to our Participants:
Anshei Sphard Beth El Emeth Congregation • Baron Hirsch Congregation • Beth Sholom Synagogue • Bornblum Jewish Community School • Chabad Lubavitch of Tennessee • Greater Memphis Hillel • Jewish Community Partners • Margolin Hebrew Academy • Memphis Jewish Community Center • Memphis Jewish Home & Rehab • Or Chadash Conservative Synagogue • Plough Towers • Temple Israel • Young Israel of Memphis
For more information, contact Rabbi Mordechai Harris at email@example.com or (901) 259-9227.