My final Rosh Hashanah greeting to you

Dear Reader,

I wanted to share warm greetings with you as we enter this most unusual holiday period.

Rather than dwell on the challenges of the past year, I would like to focus on what the future holds for us as a community. Rosh Hashanah is a time of renewal – as Rabbi Jonathan Sacks reminds us, it is a time for looking forward, to building a future. It is, as he says, “the Jewish way”.

There is so much to celebrate and be thankful for. More than at any time in my 6 years as President of JCA, I have come to appreciate the remarkable values at the heart of this vibrant community that we have built together.

I have seen the resilience and creativity of the many individuals, professionals and volunteers alike, from JCA and our 23 member organisations who continue to find new ways to deliver their vital programs – protecting our elderly, comforting our most vulnerable, nurturing our children, and extending support to those in need.

I have had the opportunity to talk with a broad cross-section of JCA donors to help secure funding to meet current needs and also to ensure the sustainability of our communal organisations and services over the longer term. Your heartfelt generosity as well as your encouragement for the work we do at JCA has been truly inspiring.

The core values we share and the strength we draw from one another will endure long after any challenge we may face in the moment.

This is my last Rosh Hashanah greeting to you as President (my six-year term limit ends in November) and I am delighted to note that JCA will be in the safe hands of its CEO, Alain Hasson, and Ian Sandler who takes over the President’s role in November.

My years as President of JCA have deepened my connection to our local Jewish community with all its meaning and values. I hope that your connection to your Jewishness and to this community continue to add meaning and joy to your lives.

I wish all of you and your families a very sweet and healthy New Year. There is much for us to look forward to!

Warm regards,

Stephen Chipkin, JCA President

PS: JCA is proud to be supporting the Together Never Apart initiative to connect our community over the holiday period. I encourage you to share in the communal Yizkor Moment at 12pm on Yom Kippur day – a moment for us all to reflect on the strength of the bond that connects us all.