Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Crown Heights Election Winners

Now it's official. Yossi Hackner and Fishel Brownstein have joined Zaki Tamir in forming the new Vaad Hakahol of Crown Heights. For once, everyone recognized the election as legitimate. There were certainly the usual anonymous leaflets and accusations, but everyone agrees that the election was fair and inclusive.

There are a lot of talented and caring people in Crown Heights. A good Vaad haKahol will solicit community opinion and concerns in arriving at conclusions and deciding on a course of action. There are many people who have talents that could be put to use in bettering our community. One need not be elected to a supervisory position to work for the betterment of the community.

There is a lot to be done in Crown Heights. We have more schools and more kids who don't fit into any of them. We have struggling families looking to wealthy people who are themselves strugglng in a troubled economy. We elected three people who have their intelligence and perspectives and the help G-d gives to those elevated to leadership positions. But they can't do their job alone. You don't have to be rich to help your neighbours. Maybe you have heard of a job at your work that is opening up. Maybe you have a few hours to give to a shul, a school or a charity. Our community is going through some tough times, but part of wealth is realising what you already have.

May G-d guide and strengthen our new Vaad and our community. How we live as a community is as much a source of guidance to the world as anything we print or teach. may G-d bring us from strength to strength.

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