Thanking Before We Think

Tamar Davis, Chief Executive Officer

Dear Friends,

I hope you had a lovely and restful Thanksgiving, even if it felt very different than years past! In the spirit of Thanksgiving and my message last week when I reflected on the insight of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks z”l that, in Judaism, “we thank before we think,” I want to dedicate this space to the purpose of thanking the hundreds of you who joined me at Gateways’ first-ever virtual Sweet Sounds. And most especially, I want to thank each student, volunteer, donor, lay leader, educator, and staff member who helped make this event possible. I can’t begin to tell you what a herculean task it was to put together a program that showed the breadth and depth of what Gateways does in a way that was personal and meaningful, and to somehow convey all this through your computer screen.

We were overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and responses to every part of virtual Sweet Sounds, from moving video submissions, to generous donations, to enthusiastic offers to host our mini "Sweet Salons."

After watching Sweet Sounds, one long-time supporter wrote me a note saying, “We were just blown away by tonight’s virtual Sweet Sounds. We have been going live to the event for many years. This was so very special. I have to admit I cried through most of it!” And another new supporter wrote, “This was a wonderfully put together program and very inspirational. Your teachers and volunteers show such dedication and personal involvement and those receiving the benefits are so proud of their own accomplishments. Thank you for the opportunity to watch and be educated about this great organization.”

There is no adequate way to truly express our gratitude. Normally, the name of every person who helped make Sweet Sounds possible would have been listed in a printed program that we distribute in person at the event. Since we couldn’t do that, we wanted to list those names here. I hope you’ll take a moment to read these names, as each of these people has helped ensure that Gateways can remain steadfast in our mission, no matter what challenges come our way.

May you each continue to go mechayil el chayil – from strength to strength.

Todah rabah and Shabbat shalom,

Tamar Davis
Chief Executive Officer

P.S. While Sweet Sounds 2020 is now behind us, if you haven’t sent in your gift yet, you can still do so here!

Category: Reflections & Perspectives