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International Jewish AIDS Network
Jewish AIDS Memorial Day
In response to the growing number of Jewish people who have died
of an AIDS-related illness, and the tendency of many people to think that the
epidemic does not and has not affected the Jewish community, Rabbi H. Raphael
Goldstein and Norman L. Sandfield, Co-chairs of the International Jewish AIDS
Network announced a date for Jewish AIDS Memorial Day: Lev B'omer.
Lev B'omer is the
32nd day of the Omer, the 49 days between Passover and Shavuot which
has traditionally been a season of mourning for the Jewish people. The
Hebrew letters for 32, "lamed" and "bet" spell out the word "lev," which
means "heart." A Jewish AIDS Memorial Day "touches directly the hearts and
minds of all of us who have loved and lost people to AIDS, and will, we
hope, touch the hearts of the people who have tended to ignore this growing,
unending epidemic," said Rabbi Goldstein in making this announcement.
To see on which day Lev B'omer falls this year visit a
jewish calendar site. "We are urging all synagogues
and religious institutions in our Jewish communities to mark Jewish AIDS
Memorial Day with special
prayers of comfort and hope, and the opportunity to remember the
people whose lives have touched our own, each in their own unique way,"
announced Sandfield. The International Jewish AIDS Network will gladly
provide resources and advice on setting up memorial programs in communities
throughout the Jewish community, in the United States and around the world.
Rabbi Goldstein is the Director of Los Angeles Jewish AIDS
Services, a program of Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles, and Mr.
Sandfield is a Co-Chair of Jewish AIDS Network - Chicago, a grass roots
organization, now affiliated with the AIDS Pastoral Care Network of Chicago.
For more information, or to indicate that your community or
congregation will be participating in Jewish AIDS Memorial Day, please call
Rabbi Goldstein at (213) 653-8313.
- Rabbi Rafael Goldstein
Director Los Angeles Jewish AIDS Services
6505 Wilshire Blvd., #502, Los Angeles, CA 90048
(213) 653-8313 FAX: (213) 655-1978
- Norman L. Sandfield
Co-Chair Jewish AIDS Network - Chicago
c/o AIDS Pastoral Care Network,
4753 N. Broadway, Suite #800, Chicago, IL 60640-4907
Jewish AIDS Organizations