I’m Rachel Saltzman Friedland. You may know me from the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center Synagogue or the Aventura Charter School of Excellence. Maybe you’ve seen me cheering my kids on at the JCC and Aventura league sports games. I’m proud to have called Aventura home for 30 years.
Today, I’m writing to you to tell you about myself and why I’m running for the Aventura City Commission.
I never expected to start my campaign for Aventura Commissioner with a worldwide public health crisis taking over everyone’s lives, but I’m running because now is the time to help our city.
With our schools closed and schedules suddenly empty, I’ve spent a lot of time at home with my four children over the past few weeks. Besides helping them with their online school classes, I’ve been teaching them how important it is to care for others.
With the Social Action Committee that I helped found at the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center, I’ve been reaching out to the elderly in our city to check in and offer my help. My two sons have helped pick up and deliver groceries, medicines and mail. My two younger daughters have colored pictures for those in the hospitals and lonely in our assisted living facilities.
For Aventura’s First Responders working in the Hospitals, Fire Rescue Stations and Police Department, I started a Go Fund Me Fundraiser called Feeding Aventura’s Heroes.
If you’re interested in helping us deliver healthy meals to those who are working tirelessly without breaks during this unprecedented time, please click here to donate and learn more about how you can help.
As this pandemic has taken over our lives, I’m even more focused on why I am running for City Commission. After serving our community for decades, I want to take the next step. I want to bring people together to keep our city strong, safe, and beautiful for everyone from the elderly to the newborn babies calling Aventura home.
I know this is a difficult time for our country and our community, and that’s why I’m committed to doing everything I can to help us weather the crisis at hand and move forward in its aftermath.
Thank you for all you’re doing by staying home to help keep Aventura safe, and thank you for taking a moment to learn more about my campaign.
Rachel Saltzman Friedland