A Message from Becky Marcus
This summer, I am part of the Avodah Program at the Jewish summer camp URJ Camp Newman. This program focuses on the importance of service, as the Hebrew word “avodah” means “work”. This focus includes service to the community, service to self, service to the world, and more. As Avodahniks and young members of society, we are obligated to inspire change with our service. Our largest project this summer is participating in and fundraising for the San Francisco AIDS Walk.
Despite the social progress we have made in the last few decades, many are still discriminated against for being different. Today, many people still remain unaware of the prevalent workplace discrimination and economic turmoil faced by those afflicted with HIV or AIDS. The intense stigma surrounding the disease prevents many from getting the help that they need. With more people to inspire change in the world and support those fighting AIDS, it becomes more likely that AIDS-based discrimination can be eradicated in the future, along with the disease itself.
Today, approximately 1.1 million people are affected by HIV, and about 15% (1 in 7) are unaware they are infected (HIV.gov). Those affected tend to be of lower socioeconomic status and predominantly reside in gay or African American communities.
It is our responsibility, as Jews and as human beings, to help when we know we can make a change. Please donate to Avodah 2019 for the San Francisco AIDS Walk and help us create an AIDS-free world.
You can donate to my official page at https://sf.aidswalk.net/beckymarcus or you can donate through Venmo @avodah2019.
All donations are tax deductible.