SPRINGFIELD – In commemoration of Tu B’Shvat, the three congregational rabbis of Springfield – Rabbi Max Davis of Congregation B’nai Torah, Rabbi Amy Wallk Katz of Temple Beth El and Rabbi Mark Dov Shapiro of Sinai Temple — have initiated a joint effort to renew the Carmel Forest recently devastated by the December fire.
“Please join us by helping to renew the Carmel Forests as a community effort. We are asking you to support the Jewish National Fund’s (JNF) ‘Operation Carmel Renewal: From Black to Green’ campaign. Staying true to its mandate of caring for the needs of the land and people of Israel, JNF’s campaign will help rebuild and renew the Carmel Forest by supporting erosion prevention, infrastructure restoration, clearing of debris, creation of firebreaks to prevent future fires from spreading and care of the naturally regenerating woodlands.”
“As your rabbis, we know Israel will benefit from your support, and we also believe it will be wonderful for us to feel we are all doing this together. ”
The rabbis have arranged for the Anna P. Housen Israel Fund to hold all contributions and make one distribution on behalf of our community to the Jewish National Fund Operation Carmel Renewal. If you have a Donor Advised Fund with the Jewish Endowment Foundation, you may make a recommendation from your fund by indicating “JNF: Operation Carmel.”
Checks should be made out to the Jewish Endowment Foundation, 1160 Dickinson St. Springfield, MA 01108, with “JNF: Operation Carmel” in the memo line. Please send your contributions by Feb. 15.