Every post between now and the end of the year, I’ll be highlighting a charity at the start of every post. NONE of these charities have asked me to do so; they are charities I have been touched by or believe in/donate to myself. I’ll tell you a little about the charity, why I support it and a link.
Planned Parenthood is America’s most trusted provider of reproductive health care. Our skilled health care professionals are dedicated to offering men, women, and teens high-quality, affordable medical care. One in five American women has chosen Planned Parenthood for health care at least once in her life.
I am one of those 1 in 5 women. I’ve used Planned Parenthood for contraception and gyn services. I’ve been lucky enough that I was never in the position of needing/wanting an abortion, but I am grateful that they were nearby, should I have made that choice.
I believe strongly in reproductive freedom and access to control over one’s fertility. Neither I nor my daughters should be defined or limited by our uterii. I have supported Planned Parenthood with my signature and by harassing my elected officials as needed, financially and in person. I volunteered at Planned Parenthood Boston after Elanor’s birth for a number of months before our move.
Through the end of the year, Planned Parenthood has a program to match donation.
There are about 300+ practicing Jews in Singapore at two Synagogues, but unlike back home (which counts a much larger Jewish population), you almost never see any acknowledgement of Judaism here. Back home I could get a menorah and candles at Target, dreidls from any number of places, challlah bread, etc. Not to mention the excellent delis (Zaftigs, Reins NY Style Deli, and billion options in NYC itself) that I miss like crazy. One of the most exciting moments of the holiday season was when I saw (and bought) some Chanukah gelt (aka “gold coins, as the woman called them and the box says) at The Cocoa Tree, Tanglin Mal.
I have several close friends who are Jewish and we’ve been excited about introducing Jewish traditions to Ellie. This year Ravi and I read “My first Chanukah” by Tomie De Paola. We played dreidl with her, and introduced her to the dreidl song (which I semi-regret as that is an earworm of a song). We had planned to do Chanukah with my friend Kate once we were home, but we’ll miss it “officially” with our new travel dates. Since we missed out on Kate’s, I made latkes (although I did not have matzo meal–next year I’ll have someone send it to me, or I’ll check the kosher grocery I learned about tonight located in one of the two synagogues). But I’ve been pretty bummed about missing Chanukah.
This is why I was really excited to read about Singapore’s first publicly displayed Menorah.
Tonight we walked down to Orchard Road, to where the Menorah is displayed in front of the Mandarin Gallery Ellie was super excited at the idea of seeing a real live Menorah and shamash candle.. I think Elanor might have been a bit confused by the fact that it’s much larger than the menorah in her book, and the lack of candles (it’s a bit modern and stylized, obviously, electric) but she was still pretty psyched. We have plenty of chances to talk about Islam, Hinduism, Chinese culture, etc…so it was great to be able to talk about Judaism with concrete examples locally, to0.
The menorah should be on display at least through Wednesday day, following the last night of Chanukah on Tuesday. Go check it out.