Shirley and Barnett C. Helzberg, Jr.
We are always reminded of the words of Avraham Infeld, President and CEO of Melitz Institute for Jewish Zionist Education as heard on a Mission to Israel in 1994, “Jews are first and foremost a family with a religious culture. We must tell our children that first we are family. You cannot have continuity unless you know what you want to continue.”
If we are going to transfer our history or memory to the next generation, then we must preserve it with Jewish education. This is central to our survival. By giving to Jewish philanthropy, we are fulfilling our covenant with our Jewish religious obligation, and we are acting according to the Talmud.
Through philanthropy and education, future generations of our Jewish community and our children and our children’s children will carry forth our teachings critical to our mission to repair the world.