We are still celebrating this wonderful week of Sukkot! A time of great joy and a time of great celebration. Yesterday our congregation celebrated Sukkot by walking in AIDS Walk Los Angeles. We joined the more than 30,000 people who took to the streets of West Hollywood to raise funds for Aids Project Los Angeles and to provide much needed services to people affected by HIV/AIDS. I have to say I was really moved to see the diversity -people of all colors, races, creeds, ages, genders, sexual orientations and religions. There were high school kids, kids in strollers, grandparents in wheelchairs, college kids, fifty year olds and more. Our congregation raised 4000.00 from the almost 18 people who walked. We walked together this year in honor of our Temple’s 20th anniversary and our commitment to combatting AIDS and supporting those in our community with HIV. We have the only Jewish HIV+ group in the country at Kol Ami. And so we walked for them, with them and for our members, lovers and friends and family who died from AIDS in the last 30 years.
I was proud to join so many. Thanks to our Social Action committee. Thanks to all who participated. It was a blessing (Even if my feet hurt!)