Gift of Life

Saving a Life on Yom Kippur

At Congregation Beth Emeth in Wilmington, Delaware, Rabbi Robinson asked his congregants if they would save a life if the opportunity presented itself. On Yom Kippur, his congregants are going to have the opportunity to do just that. Beth Emeth is one of 35 congregations participating in Yom Kippur bone marrow swabbing drives in a pilot project with our new partnership with the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation. On his blog, Rabbi Robinson writes about what it takes to run a drive, and why this congregation wanted to run one on the holiest day of the Jewish year:

When in your time on earth have you had the opportunity to save someone else’s life? How often have you had the opportunity to save another person’s life? If presented with the opportunity to save a life, would you do so?

It’s a challenging question, and I’m sure you’re thinking of this time you had to drive a loved one to the hospital, or that time you called in a traffic accident, or perhaps a time you used the Heimlich maneuver or CPR on a person.

As a people, we take life seriously. The principle of pikuach nefesh, of saving life, trumps all other mitzvot, all other Jewish laws and traditions…

Keep reading on Rabbi Robinson’s blog

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Veronica Grant

About Veronica Grant

Veronica Grant is the Program Coordinator for the URJ partner, the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation, and formally Nothing But Nets. She is from Asheville, NC and graduated from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.


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    […] Yom Kippur marked the launch of our pilot High Holy Day project with our new partner, Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation. The RAC  recruited 35 congregations across the U.S. to run bone marrow swabbing drives on Yom Kippur. We are excited to give our congregants the opportunity to participate in an important life-saving initiative on the holiest day of the Jewish calendar. You can read about the experiences of one Delaware congregation at our blog. […]

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