Cathy's Whim - The Ripple Effect

The month of October is often a busy month. We are winding down our High Holiday celebrations, the weather is turning cooler, and the days are getting shorter. Our Federation and its agencies are bustling with activity. The Cultural Arts & Book Festival will soon kick off, plus we have Children’s Theatre auditions, a PJ Library event, and a Women’s Philanthropy Brunch coming up in the next few weeks.

As I think about all of the amazing things on the horizon, I am inspired by the many wonderful opportunities we offer for the Dayton Jewish community to connect with each other. Part of what enriches our lives is sharing our experiences with other people. I myself have had moments where someone shares a fact or story about their life with me, and in that instant, we connect. Although the details of our stories may differ, we are able to understand each other. Our experiences allow us to share our feelings and connect on a level that goes beyond the surface. 

We all have experienced pain and sadness; devastation and fear; joy and excitement. Sometimes, those moments make us shut down. Other times, they catapult us into action. The speaker for our upcoming Women’s Philanthropy Brunch took a devastating diagnosis and used it as a platform to help her reach out to others in the Jewish community and leave a lasting impact on those around her.

We are honored to have Lisa Friedman Clark as our guest speaker at this year’s Women’s Philanthropy Brunch. At just 23 years old, Lisa was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She will talk about her life – the good, the bad, and everything between – and how her Jewish community helped her through those times. She will also share how through it all, she was inspired to give her campaign gift.  

I urge all women to join us on Sunday, October 29th at 10am at the CJCE for this exceptional morning of connection and inspiration. Click here for more information about this event.

When we share our stories, it allows us to truly bond with one another. And through that bond, we create power. Whether that power is to change perceptions or change lives, when we join together to make a difference, we create a ripple effect that transforms the world around us. 

There is strength in numbers. Helen Keller once said “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” I truly believe together, we can change the world. 

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