Passover is a holiday with a strong focus on children. The Torah charges us to “tell your children (Exodus 13:8)” of the great miracles of the Exodus. So much of what we do on Seder night is “so that the children will ask.” But what about those who have not yet been blessed with children?
Infertility Awareness Shabbat is Yesh Tikva’s initiative to raise awareness and sensitivity regarding infertility, and unite as Jews over a cause that affects 1 in 8 men and women throughout the Jewish community. On Shabbat morning, April 6, 2019 we are asking synagogues to partner with Yesh Tikva and share a message or Dvar Torah to increase sensitivity toward all who have not yet been blessed with children or struggle to expand their families.
This Passover help ensure that everyone, including those facing infertility, are able to participate in and enjoy the true experience of this holiday.
Last year 186 synagogues across the country and internationally joined together with Yesh Tikva and our community partners in raising awareness about infertility. We received feedback from community members across the globe who felt included, acknowledged, and heard in their communities. The emotional impact on individuals and couples was heartfelt and poignant.
As Yesh Tikva plans its next Infertility Awareness Shabbat (IAS) for Rosh Chodesh Nissan April 6, 2019, they hope they can count on you to join them this year in their fourth year raising awareness and sensitivity.
Passover is the holiday when we became one nation, a united Jewish people. Let us unite once again to ensure that no one is made to feel alone this year, or ever again.
Community partners include: Australia Jewish Fertility Network (AJFN), Fruitful AZ, Gefen Fertility, Hasidah, Jewish Fertility Foundation of Atlanta (JFF), JFLA’s Feit 4 KidZ Fertility Fund and Nishmat.
To sign up please take a minute to fill out the attached Registration Form or email [email protected] so that we can send you more detailed information and resources.