Rosh Hashanah, which begins tonight at sundown, and Yom Kippur are once again upon us. We commence the ten days that culminate on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year — the Day of Atonement. During this period, Jews reflect on their actions during the past year and how they can do better in the next. It can be a time of regret, but also of hope.

This past year has been tumultuous. Horrific events like those in Charlottesville have reminded us that for some Americans, extraordinary dissatisfaction and anger, motivated by xenophobia and racism, have resulted in odious bigotry and violence. However, many more Americans have responded by strengthening our resolve to unify and progress together to form a more perfect Union. Awesome hurricanes and earthquakes have resulted in dramatic human suffering as well as miraculous human kindness.

At JCCA, we know well the disruption and trauma that occur in children’s lives because of neglect, abuse, or abandonment. But each year, you, our extraordinary staff, do so much to help reverse the sadness and to begin to offer our young people hope for the future. Your efforts offer renewal and the real possibility of a productive, independent life. The importance of your work can’t be overstated; its impact is immeasurable.

I hope that each of us, whether or not we observe a particular religion, takes some time during the Jewish High Holy Days to reflect. Perhaps as a result, we may reenergize and then redouble our efforts to support and enrich the lives of vulnerable children and families. JCCA’s core commitment to repair the world child by child represents our motivation and reflects our values. I continue to be inspired by your dedication — my great thanks to each of you.

May the New Year and a new season refresh and renew you. Wishing you, your friends, and loved ones health, peace, and well-being.


Ronald E. Richter, CEO


To read more about the holiday as described by JCCA’s very own Rabbi Ilan Ginian, click here.