This past weekend, as I was watching my favorite show, CBS Sunday Morning, singer Debbie Harry (of Blondie) was discussing her 40+ years in the music industry. In addition to discussing her very successful career she talked about her newfound passion for saving the bees. She even named her latest album “Pollinator.” Immediately my thoughts went to our 2017 Annual Meeting, and our Robert A. Shapiro Award winners, The Levin & Michaels families.
One of their newer initiatives, the Propolis Projects, focuses on restoring the Ohio honey bee population. In fact, they have coordinated with Wright Patterson Air Force Base to create the nation’s only pollination center on a military facility. This important endeavor is critical because the bee population has a direct effect on food supply. You can read more about it here.
On another topic, the news over the past few days has included somber stories about the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Jewish Federations of North America and Federations from all across the country have provided support and funding to help afflicted areas recover and rebuild. According to The Chronicles of Philanthropy, Jewish Federations are among the strongest Hurricane Harvey relief groups. Please click here if you would like to make a donation to the Jewish Federations of North America’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.
Now the US is facing another storm. Hurricane Irma is the most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history. It has already made landfall in the Caribbean and is potentially set to hit my beloved home state of Florida this weekend. I am confident that our Federation family will respond with the same fervor as it did with Hurricane Harvey with whatever humanitarian aid is needed.
We pray for those recovering from Hurricane Harvey, and for those in the path of Hurricane Irma.