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On Friday evening, November 13, 1998, Temple Hesed dedicated its Shabbat service to the cause of organ and tissue donation. The Social Action Committee planned and organized the program in order to heighten awareness regarding organ and tissue donation, to educate and enlighten the congregation on the Jewish position on organ donation, and to encourage family discussion on the issue. The congregation invited members who had been personally affected by the lack of sufficient donors to participate in the program. At the service, donor family members were honored with gold ribbons, while recipients wore red ribbons. Materials were passed out as people entered the sanctuary and the rabbi's sermon dealt with the Jewish view toward organ donation. The congregation, inspired by the "Matan Chaim" material issued by the UAHC, intends to make this an annual event to be held during National Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness month.
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