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I am overwhelmed...

Friday, 17 July, 2015 - 5:34 pm

Dear Friends,

I'm overwhelmed.  Not with work, though it was a very busy week between moving the Shul, the building campaign, Camp Gan Israel and others... I'm overwhelmed right now for a different reason.

The volunteering spirit of this community, and the constant care we received this week from so many of you warm our hearts and make us feel so fortunate to be part of this community.

Last week I announced that we are moving the Shul and that we needed some help packing.  On Sunday morning after tefillin club I rushed to a discussion group at the JCC where I was asked to speak.  Meanwhile, I told the volunteers they can start the packing.  Ninety minutes later I got a call: "We are all done."  Apperantly more than ten volunteers came to pack the boxes.  On Wednesday, it was again members of the community schlepping boxes and unpacking them beautifully at the Shul.

Yesterday I posted on Facebook that there is not yet a sponsor for the Kiddush this week.  Hours later we got two sponsorships for the Kiddush.

This morning I was on my way to buy plants to complete the Mechitzah in the Shul.  A woman texted me: "I heard that you need plants for the Mechitzah? Can I donate them?"  Within thirty minutes I met her at the store, where she paid for the most beautiful decorative trees.

We are humbled by the unity, love, and care that you showed again this week.  This is truly overwhelming.

Comments on: I am overwhelmed...

Junie Swadron wrote...

How wonderful! Mazel Tov!

Love from Hanna in Toronto (who brought the cheese :)
Thank you, Rabbi Kaplin - and to you lovely wife, for your generous welcoming and hospitality while she was visiting Victoria.

Junie Swadron

Shabat Shalom