There has been a dock-worker's strike in California that has slowed mail and food deliveries to Okinawa. (This is a statement, not a judgment.)
I feared that the Kosher for Passover food would not arrive in time.
From the depths of fear for my community that we would not be able to celebrate Pesach Seder "down to the last detail," I cried out for help from communities and friends.
I am overwhelmed by the responses I received. I tear up as I write this.
Over 14 boxes of Kosher for Passover food and supplies arrived on island before the Chag (holiday).
Horseradish, Matzah, candy, cake mixes, Seder plates, cookies, gefilte fish, bag-of-plagues, plague masks, more flavors of macaroons than I knew existed, Matzah covers ....
And they came from all over the US
We received so much, that we were able to send some of our supplies for a Jewish lay leader aboard the USS Green Bay.
The words, "thank you" can not convey the depth of the appreciation from the Jewish community of Okinawa.
You sent us a piece of home. It is easy to forget when you feel so isolated in this part of the world.
You remind us of what it means that Kol Yisrael Areylim Zeh La Zeh - all of Israel is responsible for each other.
From the bottom of my Neshama and on behalf of the Jewish community of Okinawa, thank you.