You may know that my wife Mary is a storyteller. One of the stories that she tells is about Honi the Circlemaker. It seems that Honi was out walking one day and came upon an old man planting a carob tree.
Honi approached the old man, “Why are you planting a carob tree that will take thirty years to bear fruit? You won’t live to enjoy it.”
The old man looked at Honi and replied, “Someone of my father’s and grandfather’s generation planted carob trees so that I could enjoy the fruit. Now it is my turn to plant trees.”
Mary and I have been members of the MJC for 16 years. Our daughters live in Brooklyn and do not worship here. But the Merrick Jewish Centre is our home base for community.
We see our participation in “Preserving the Promise…Ensuring the Future” as our way of planting trees for the future. That is why we have stretched our commitment to include the dedicating of the Lifelong Learning Program as well as to make a planned gift to the MJC.
The Merrick Community has one benefit that Honi lacked: we don’t have to wait 30 years to enjoy the fruits of our labor and good fortune. We will be enjoying the benefits of a beautiful, improved facility and augmented programs now as well as laying the foundation for continued Jewish life on the South Shore.
Mary and I hope that you will join us in planting many trees for our own benefit and for those who follow us.