2020 has been a year like no other. We have seen a pandemic, the likes of which the world has not experienced in more than 100 years. We are also experiencing one of the most divisive political and social climates in our nation’s history. Anti-Semitism, racism and unemployment are up, and our economy is tumbling down. Top that off with a crisis in leadership, healthcare, mental health services and education – the perfect storm.
While no one would ever wish this chaos and pain on anyone, some beautiful experiences are happening now too. We are reaching out to one another in more authentic and creative ways. As a country and as individuals, we have felt the need to uncover our most essential values: love, understanding and compassion towards our fellow men and women. It is the flip side of the divisiveness, but just as real.
When in our lifetime have we ever shared a collective emotional
experience with all of the world’s citizens?
And when have we ever had more understanding and compassion toward each other? Seriously, who would ever have thought that the simple act of wearing a mask would become the ultimate symbol of compassion toward our fellow citizens? We are learning.
And finally, we want to sincerely thank you, the Oregon Jewish Life community, and our advertisers for your support and patience at this time especially. For almost 10 years, we have brought you the most comprehensive guide of Jewish resources in Oregon and SW Washington. This 2020-2021 version continues that tradition. Even during these challenging times, and there have been many, we have been so pleased to see our reach and engagement grow. So, thank you again.
As Jews have done for thousands of years, we are all learning to “pivot” and find some light in the darkest of times. We will get through this together and shine on.
With love and gratitude,
Cindy Saltzman, Publisher