Do I ever ask you guys for anything? No. Never. Well, I’d like to tell you all about the Ghetto Shul. A few years back, a bunch of students got together, and totally on their own started this Carlebach style minyan called the Ghetto Shul in downtown Montreal. Initially, the organized Jewish community saw this as a threat and some people in Federation actually wanted to shut it down. Montreal Hillel and its director Simon Bensimon however were very supportive and today the Ghetto Shul has one of the busiest Friday night minyans in the city as well as offering a wealth of programs to downtown Montreal denizens. Even Federation came around, paying for Rabbi Leibish’s salary and other stuff. It still remains a very grass roots group and while being orthodox, is still inclusive and friendly and open to everyone.
Often though, grass roots means underfunded. In the past, every shabat minyan was followed by a meal that cost a very modest amount of money. No one was ever turned away and there was always enough food. This might all change next shabat. If not enough money is raised by tomorrow afternoon, the Ghetto Shul will go hungry for the first time since its inception. So what I propose is lets help them out. Click on the PayPal donate button on the Ghetto Shul Web site. Lets spot ’em a couple of bucks. Why not? And if you can’t do it, ask someone who can. Preferably someone rich. Do it. And if you work for Federation … why does it have to come to this?