The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.
The following note was sent from Senior Rabbi Joel Mosbacher to Temple Sharaay Tefila of New York City to officially launch their congregation's nonpartisan civic engagement campaign. Rabbi Mosbacher's words model beautifully how Jewish values, text, and tradition constantly challenge us to be better - better people, better neighbors, and better citizens. Please feel free to adapt for your own congregation.
In our traditional morning blessings which we call Nisim B’Chol Yom, “Daily Miracles,” we offer gratitude for being free. As American Jews, we do not take for granted the tremendous gift that we have in being free and enjoying the freedoms that every American has.
We have been thinking about this blessing regarding our freedom to vote – a freedom that Jews have not always been afforded. What a gift we have to be Jews living in America, with the right to express our opinions and raise our voices through voting.
And while Jews have not always been afforded this right, voting encompasses several Jewish values.
For these reasons, we see election days as Jewish holidays, and I hope that you will add them to your already crowded calendar of Jewish holidays this fall. At Shaaray Tefila, we hope that our entire congregation will commit to voting this year. Here are some easy steps to follow:
Praise to You, Adonai our God, who has made us free, and gifted us with the privilege of voting. May we all make good use of this precious gift, this year and in years to come.
Rabbi Joel Mosbacher & The Civic Engagement Host Committee
**The RAC has designed and printed voter pledge cards each congregation can order and distribute to their members, including state-specific versions for congregations in California and Ohio. More information on ordering pledge cards here.