Submitted by Congregation Etz Chaim

During the height of the Civil Rights era, Dr. Martin Luther King led a march from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama. One of the people who participated in that march was Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. When Rabbi Heschel returned from Selma, he was asked by someone, ‘Did you find much time to pray, when you were in Selma?’ Rabbi Heschel responded, ‘I prayed with my feet.’ In the spirit of this quote Congregation Etz Chaim formed a Synagogue Walking Team that participates in five 5K walks during the course of the year. “We recognized that not everyone connects to Judaism in the same way,” said Past President Terry Brodof. “By forming this walking club we are telling all of our members that they matter and their shul will walk with them through all of life’s challenges. Executive Director Hank Lerer said “we walk for a cause, for a cure, and to form connection. These walks are personal for our members because they raise money and awareness of issues they are facing, and now they know their Synagogue is supporting them too.”

Join Congregation Etz Chaim’s walking team for any of our next upcoming walks:

Saturday September 23 — Vision Walk at Theodore Berry Friendship Park; Saturday, October 24 at Yeatman’s Cove for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk; or Saturday, November 4 to support Matthew 25 Ministries Hunger 5K in Blue Ash. Contact Hank Lerer to learn more or sign up to be part of our walking team. Lace up your sneakers and spend Shabbat with CEC.