In a past life I was a matchmaker. Now, I fulfill that impulse in my work life and just love bringing people and their organizations together. This summer’s month-long work trip was so full with those synergies. In LA we co-hosted a Packing Event. Rob Scheer of Comfort Cases provided travel bags as well as items to fill them. The Book Foundation provided new books to also include. Temple Israel of Hollywood donated a huge space. The She Ready Foundation provided financial support and volunteers. A 2N Cohort mom photographed the event. And about 75 people—from cohort families to people we had never met—cam to pack the cases which were then brought to far-flung agencies who serve kids in the foster system and who move from place to place with their things in trash bags. Like waste.
Which brings me to a more personal angle on this whole effort, an effort that brings people from so many ways of thinking, believing, making sense of the world together. I orient myself i a world of Jewish theology, customs, metaphors and history. I am a rabbi, and the co-head of a family that is based in Jewish life and culture. And I have for years struggled with understanding the word “holiness”.
It is through my work with kids and families and helping to merge the two in healthy and sustainable ways that I have come to what, for me, is the closest I have to understanding what holiness is. But only in the sense of its opposite.
Holiness is the opposite of waste.
And every day I see people and organizations work to minimize waste—wasted childhoods, wasted opportunities to be loved and be a family, wasted potential and wasted hope.
And I am so blessed to be part of it.
Susan Silverman, CEO