Our response to Va. Tech tragedy: plant trees

     Dear friends,
     The recent tragedy at Virginia Tech has pained us all and we need to find a fitting response to remember those whose lives were taken. Planting trees in Israel in memory of someone is a time-honored tradition. Many of us remember buying stamps of leaves to help plant a tree, or the JNF Blue Box, or the certificates around Tu B'Shevat. Last summer's war with Hizbollah destroyed over a million trees.
      I am asking you to join with me in raising $5000 from our congregation (and its supporters) to plant a grove of trees in Israel (1000 trees). An appropriate plaque from The Hebrew Congregation in memory of those killed will be placed at the grove of trees and also at Virginia Tech.
      Please send checks made out to Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas (indicate trees for VaTech) – or call the synagogue (774-4312) with credit card information. May God grant comfort to all of the mourners.
     Rabbi Arthur F. Starr