Is Your Congregation on the Map?

Our Yom Kippur Gift of Life drives recruitment effort is well under way. We are hardly into spring, yet already, over 30 congregations have committed to swabbing their cheeks this Yom Kippur! We’ve already had three matches from last year’s swabbing, and are looking forward to saving more lives this year with our goal of reaching 100 congregations. Here at the RAC, we wanted a visual of all the participating congregations, so we created a map to highlight congregations who have already committed to swabbing this Yom Kippur. We are excited to have such geographic diversity so far, we have congregations hailing from Washington State, Nebraska, North Carolina, and everywhere in between.

Is your congregation missing from the map? Not a problem, it’s not too late to learn more and get your congregation involved. Next Tuesday, April 29th at 7:30pm, we will be hosting another online info session. You’ll hear from RAC and Gift of Life staff; we’ll go over everything you need to know, and YK alum will be available to answer all your questions and concerns about organizing a drive on Yom Kippur. If you’d like to contact me directly or to get more information, fill out this form and I will be in touch soon.

One question I hear often is “Why Yom Kippur?” In case you missed this post, be sure to check out Rabbi Simonds’ beautiful words on how swabbing on Yom Kippur gave his congregation the opportunity to observe the day in a profoundly tangible way. This is definitely an opportunity you won’t want to miss out on.

So get in touch and join our info session. And help us to put 100 pins on our map!

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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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