Dear officials from the Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life, Koret Foundation, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Philanthropic Network, Nathan Cummings Foundation, and other major donors in the Jewish community;
Thank you for your deep and sustained commitment to your vision of Jewish life. Your support has helped thousands of Jews thrive, learn, and improve the planet.
But, there’s another way you can help. If you are committed to the future of a vibrant Jewish community, won’t you help Jewish women make Jewish babies?
Yes, you read that right. What I am calling for is a Jewish National Reproductive Fund.
At this very moment across the United States, I know many successful, smart, amazing, committed and passionate Jewish women who really, really want to have children. They have earned graduate degrees, they have become leaders in their communities, they have positively influenced Jewish life, and they have changed the world for the better.
These brave, amazing, powerful women have also paid thousands upon thousands of dollars to enlist reproductive technology in service of a deep desire to have and raise Jewish children. They have suffered the devastating loss of miscarriages. They have lived with the pain of infertility in isolation and without the financial support of the American Jewish community. They have even considered making aliyah, just for the sake of having access to state-subsidized in-vitro fertilization.
Yet, despite all the terrible setbacks, the stress, the financial strain, and the rollercoaster of uncertainty in their lives, they refuse to abandon hope. These women have plumbed the depths of their hearts to discern what they want to do with their lives. One of those life aspirations is to pru u’rvu: to be fruitful and multiply, to create life and sustain it with love and joy, compassion and empathy, and with Jewish wisdom to guide their parenting journey.
Yes, difficulty and suffering are undeniable facets of life. The women I know who struggle with infertility have touched a deep, heartbreaking well of sadness and yearning. We all know that we don’t always get what we want. We know that opening up to life as it is can be an excruciating, and necessary, exercise in acceptance. But why should Jewish women facing infertility abandon their hopes of becoming parents, when our community clearly has the resources to address this situation and help change it?
So please – would you consider supporting a Jewish National Reproductive Fund as an act of Jewish vision and courage? Would you be willing to come together and help fund the next generation of Jewish life for those who face challenges in becoming parents?
We can do this, right now. If you will it, it is no dream. And if not now, when?email print