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As hale and hearty New Yorkers, we are accustomed to much colder weather during this season than we have experienced thus far this year. Not that I’m complaining, mind you. I have enjoyed this extended fall weather and I don’t particularly relish biting cold and whipping winds. And while Irving Berlin, a Jewish immigrant from Russia, gave the world the gift of his song “White Christmas,” I assume he was quite comfortable himself as he wrote it in the balmy sunlight of Hollywood, CA, letting the movie moguls manufacture the snow from inside the studios. Berlin actually wrote the song in 1942 to comfort the GI’s who were overseas at the time. The song was the most popular in the movie “Holiday Inn,” starring Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, and Virginia Dale.

Unseasonably warm weather notwithstanding, however, I have little doubt, fellow New Yorkers, that we will yet have our turn this year with cold weather. And while a white Christmas is not in the cards for this year, at some point the flakes are sure to fall on us.

That is why it is important for all of us as New Yorkers to participate in the annual New York Cares Coat Drive. We are proud that this year Union Temple has volunteered as a donation site for coats for our fellow New Yorkers who will be needing them as the thermometer finally does begin to drop this year. There is a box in the entrance way of the temple. I hope you will join me in performing this mitzvah of Tzedakah. If you have a coat in your closet that you know you’re not going to wear anymore, please remember that there is someone who could make good use of it, and will be grateful that you have donated it.

No matter what faith group we may or may not associate with, this is the season of giving in our city, and it is in this spirit that we make this appeal. Thank you very much.