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Reform Jewish Movement Shows Off Wit And Literary Prowess When Dealing With Haitian Cholera Epidemic

We might have to question the timing of their wit and reference to a Gabriel García Márquez novel in a recent press release to talk about the Jewish denominations help in the fight against the cholera epidemic in Haiti Read More

By / October 29, 2010

The Union for Reform Judaism probably has the same philosophy that we have Jewcy: Jews love books and funny stuff.

With that said, we might have to question the timing of their wit and a reference to a Gabriel García Márquez novel in their recent press release to talk about the Jewish denominations help in the fight against the cholera epidemic in Haiti.

The Union for Reform Judaism has raised more than $1.2 million for relief in Haiti, since the earthquake hit last January, and they name checked a novel by the Nobel Prize winning Colombian writer to let the world know they aren’t done.  The e-mail titled “Help In the Time of Cholera: THE REFORM JEWISH MOVEMENT CONTINUES TO REPOND TO CRISIS IN HAITI,” outlined the movements continued support of the country:

“Although the earthquake is no longer in the daily news, thousands of Haitians are still suffering,” said URJ’s Chief Program Officer Rabbi Elliott Kleinman. “I am proud that the Reform Movement will not let them be forgotten. “

That’s really noble, and we commend the Reform movements efforts.  Now we’re curious to see if the Reconstructionist movement can figure out how to use 100 Years of Solitude to address a humanitarian disaster.