A personal note about an issue close to me. When my son was diagnosed with cancer, one of the very important types of support we received was from a young Rabbi who was Staff Chaplain at Dana-Farber/Jimmy Fund. Rabbi Paskin had, only a few years before, lost his own daughter to a brain tumor, and since then devoted each Monday to serving patients and families at DF/JFC. He also happened to be the Rabbi at one of the temples in Canton, one town over from ours. His support as Daniel underwent surgery and chemotherapy, and his subsequent welcoming of us into the Temple Beth Abraham community, has been an important source of strength and healing for my family.
As Rabbi Paskin shares on the temple web site, the endowment supporting the Pastoral Care program at Dana Farber has been affected by the economic downturn, and positions there are at risk. Rabbi Paskin has created a fund through his daughter’s foundation to try to generate additional support to maintain this important program. I know too many people and families that have faced a cancer diagnosis and treatment, and have seen the importance many times of spiritual as well as physical care, regardless of faith or belief. Whatever support you can give to this fund can help ensure that the families who come from all over the world for Dana-Farber/Jimmy Fund’s amazing treatment receive the same kind of pastoral support we did in our time of need. Please see Rabbi Paskin’s note on the TBA site for more information about how to support the fund.