Message from Dr. Kao, SGVPA President

Hi everyone,

Every time there’s a conflict in the world, a sudden disaster, or a major event, I’m tasked with putting out a statement or “respond appropriately.” Whether it’s the COVID-19 pandemic, another mass shooting, Asian American hate crimes, the Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, I admit that these statements feel a little cold, despite its necessity. I’m sure I’ve even missed a couple, losing count of which disaster is most current. As I’m typing this message, I just read that there was another mass shooting in Maine.

However, in this time and place, with the current conflict/war between Israel and Hamas, I’m more interested in a simple question to our members.

How are you all doing?

I’m sure there are many and various opinions, feelings and thoughts around the most current conflict, but adding that onto all the other conflicts that have occurred and continue to occur, I really just want to know how everyone’s holding up. I think it’s safe to say that we’ve all been affected in some intimate way by the many crises that has occurred over the years, and I hope anyone with family/friends in Israel and Palestine are safe and physically unharmed. My heart goes out to anyone over these years that have suffered.

For those who are interested and willing to share, let’s start an email stream of how we’re all coping in these times.

Personally, my Summer has been filled with grief and chaos, but also hope. I’ve been trying to pick up the pieces of multiple family losses in a short period of time, as well as navigating the chaos that ensues. It’s been easy for me to become ambivalent, easy for me to want to give in to despair. Despite this, I’ve been hopeful from the emotional support and understandable concern I’ve received from those around me. I’m hopeful and grateful for the good work that I can do, and the team that I have.

I’d love to hear from the rest of you. Please feel free to reply.

I’m also planning a Lunch with the President in January on a Friday at noon. At

Congregation Ale House

300 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105

Please look out for additional details and RSVP. I will get a couple of pizzas and a pitcher for everyone. I hope to see everyone there.

And last, be on the lookout for an email of upcoming events, include our 2024 January Jubilee!

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