THE HOLE WAS GAPING.
it was wide for all to see, any member of our community who was
paying attention was aware of it, and constantly talking about it.
We expend all types of resources into our kids, time, energy, money,
man power. Everything we have to raise them, and nurture them to be
great people, great jews and great community members. We build them
from preschool, to elementary school, to high school…
AND THEN WE JUST STOP. Cold. Zero. No man power, no money,
almost no energy, and no time into the most critical period of their
The time when they decide for themselves, who they want to become,
the time when the challenges of being a community member are
the greatest, the time when religious observance and community
connection is the most challenged. From the day they graduate high
school until the day they are married, the challenges are great, and the
effort to support our community youth through that time was almost
UNTIL KESHER ARRIVED.
A few years ago, a few community members, approached me to put
together a team of rabbis to try and help our community parents
during this challenging period. Because the job was so daunting,
and the age group so delicate, we began with one program that we
deliberately didn’t make public. We didn’t want the kids who were all
very healthy, regular, cool kids from very normal families to feel part
of a “program”. We wanted to see if our idea would succeed before
we pounded our chest. It worked. We then started to build and build,
we started to work with five main high schools in our community, we
began classes on college campuses, we started classes for community
kids in public school, we held classes and programs for girls, and more
and more and more. All with ONE GOAL IN MIND: to deliver to the
community parents a young man or woman, who is a healthy member
of society, attends college, and is building a career, all while staying
connected to our community, to Torah, Mitsvot and our great Rabbis.
WHO’S A KESHER KID? Your son, your daughter, your grandson, your
granddaughter, your niece, your nephew, your neighbor, your children’s
friends. Over 500 community kids have been impacted by Kesher this
year! They truly feel a “kesher” with their past, their future, and their
community. In other words connected to you!
ALL WE NEED IS YOUR HELP.
Rabbi Joey Haber