Blessings in the Storm…

On an average week, averages over 2,500 matches between Shabbat guests and hosts via our interactive website. During the weekend that Hurricane Irene battered the East Coast, however, the community demonstrated a beautiful display of Ahavat Yisrael (love for one’s fellow Jew) by organizing over 6,000 Shabbat invitations! “Thanks to you, we were able to find a place!” wrote Rebecca, after placed messages all over Facebook aimed at helping those stranded because of the hurricane. In addition to extra calls to’s hotline (for those stranded Erev Shabbat with three hours or less before candle-lighting), the community also offered Facebook users rooms in their own homes – in locations spanning the tri-State area. “Mi k’amcha Yisrael!” another member wrote. How blessed we are to share the beauty of Shabbat and the kinship of the Jewish people today and every day, rain or shine!



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