My name is Melanie Bobry, and I am the Pomegranate chair for the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester.
I have learned the value of tzedakah from my parents and grandparents, who have instilled in me the importance of helping others. My grandfather Stuart Bobry formed the “Slob Club” for all of his grandchildren (we were messy). We met during family gatherings, gathered dues, rotated officers. Every year we counted our treasury; half went toward an ice cream party and the other half we donated. As children we were encouraged to discuss which charities were meaningful to us and decide how to contribute our funds. I was always tasked to write a letter to the organization, which was sent along with our small check (dues were only $0.25 when we first started)! My grandfather was always so proud, and I thought it was because we were getting along nicely as cousins. In truth, his pride was from knowing that he was planting the seeds of Jewish values. My grandparents set an example that we need to preserve and support our community, through our words, actions, and philanthropy, and I work to uphold this legacy.
As a Pomegranate, I know that I am providing much-needed support to agencies locally, nationally, and globally that help others in ways that align with my values. I give for tikkun olam, to strengthen the Jewish community I was raised in, and to ensure this community continues for all generations to come, l’dor v’dor.
I look forward to connecting with all Pomegranates, virtually and in-person!
The pomegranate is one of the seven fruits named in the Bible, said to contain 613 seeds – one for each of the commandments (mitzvot) found in the Torah. This ancient symbol is one of the oldest found in Jewish art and ritual. It has been carved in the entranceways of the earliest synagogues, woven into fabrics, and hammered into silver and gold. The intricate covers for the handles of the Torah scrolls are called pomegranates (rimonim). All women who commit an individual gift of $1,800 - $4,999 to the Jewish Federation’s Annual Campaign are part of the Pomegranate Society.
Being part of the Pomegranate Society is a declaration of your personal commitment to honor traditional Jewish values of justice (tzedek) and acts of loving kindness (gemilut hesed).
To learn more about women's philanthropy, contact Gitana Mirochnik at 585.241.8643.