October 28, 2009
I was a reluctant founding member of Kol Tzedek -- I grew up in a reconstructionist minyan and I didn't want to see the West Philly chavurah become a 'synagogue' with a rabbi. I also thought the rabbi-to-be was kind of young. I could not have been more wrong. The congregation has blossomed thanks to a number of community members who've worked very hard and because in Lauren Grabelle-Hermann, we are blessed to have a tremendously talented rabbi. She's learned, smart, loving and warm and handles tricky situations with tact and grace. She's a gifted storyteller, which is a boon for the kids. And when I was in a precarious, frightening situation several years ago, she provided comfort and reassurance far beyond her years. Kol Tzedek is the best non-profit!
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
the way it responded to my daughter's adoption in 2006. She was the congregation's first baby, and they welcomed her warmly, bringing me food even though I lived outside the immediate neighborhood.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
the joy and caring that members express even to strangers. I love going to Kol Tzedek. I moved to a part of Philadelphia that has several vibrant congregations, and I take a train and a trolley with my 3 1/2 year old to go to Kol Tzedek instead.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every month
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
General Member of the Public & attended services, helped lead services, brought my daughter to services.