Monday, February 24, 2014

Shave for the Brave

There is an amazing fundraiser going on in the memory of Sam Sommer: Superman Sam For those of you who have been following his story, Sam is the son of two of my dear rabbinic friends, colleagues, classmates, and travelers (Phyllis, Michael and I all took a trip to Paris together).  Inspired by Sam's story, Rabbi Rebecca Schorr, along with Phyllis and Michael created a fundraiser through the St. Baldrick's Foundation to raise money to fight childhood cancer:  36 Rabbis Shave for the Brave

Over 60 rabbis, cantors, and the like have all signed on to help raise, what was initially $180,000 towards this noble cause.  Needless to say, the outpouring of support in Sam's memory caused the organizers to double their goal to $360,000.  As of today, they are at $322,000 and counting.  If you haven't had a chance to give, please do so.

But the reason why I am writing is because I have been asked if I am shaving for the Brave.  And the truth is, I am not.  It is not because I do not want to, which I desperately do, but because I am currently running a major congregational fundraising campaign.  And after speaking with numerous experts on fundraising, they all agreed, one can really only focus on one campaign at a time.  So I will just have to save the head shaving for another time.  Perhaps Shave for the Brave II: Striking Back at Cancer.

In the meantime, I very much look forward to cheering on my friends and colleagues who are shaving at our annual Central Conference of American Rabbis convention at the end of March in Chicago.  I will continue to encourage you, my readers to donate to this worthy cause.  And I will continue to hold Sam's memory close to my heart even as hair will remain on my head ... for the time being.