Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),
In Pirket Avot (Ethics of our Fathers), it says Daber m’at v’aseh harbeh, which means say little, do much. I will be hard-pressed to do that with this week’s message. There is so much going on.
First, I was saddened to learn of the passing of community matriarch Jean Grossman this week. In my 33 years of Jewish communal service in encompassing six communities, I can say without hesitation that I have never met a finer human being. Jean was the definition of an ayshet chayil, a true woman of valor. Our community will miss her terribly and on a personal note, my days are diminished knowing I will no longer have my California Pizza Kitchen and Village Tavern lunches with Jean or our long, wonderful phone conversations. Rest in peace, my friend.
Last week our Women’s Philanthropy IGNITION! luncheon featured Roz Rothstein, co-founder and CEO of StandWithUs, which teaches people of all ages from all over the world to advocate for Israel, including how to respond to Boycott, Divest and Sanction movements on college campuses. Our state’s elected officials are among several in the United States who are combatting the BDS movement targeting companies that do business with Israel.
Speaking of Israel, their elections were held this week. At the time of this writing, the results are still being fleshed out but it looks like Benjamin Netanyahu will likely prevail and be installed for a record fifth time as Israel’s prime minister. Many will be happy. Many will be unhappy. There will be much to think about, talk about and read about in the coming days and weeks.
In our local community, Genocide Awareness Week starts next week. It consists of a series of lectures, exhibits and storytelling by distinguished survivors, scholars, activists, artists, humanitarians and more. Hosted by Scottsdale Community College in partnership with many community organizations, the events are free and open to everyone. See all the offerings at scottsdalecc.edu/genocide.
As part of the week, Federation is proud to partner with the Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony on April 16 at 6:30pm. A candle-lighting ceremony includes six survivors and the young members of the Shevet Shemesh Israeli Scouts, truly bridging the generations. Please join them in the Two Waters Circle on the SCC campus.
This week’s Torah Portion is Metzora (The Leper) in Leviticus. It focuses on the purification of people and homes afflicted with impurity. Though certainly not impure, the loss of our beloved Jean Grossman creates a huge void in our preverbal house, one that, in some way, is filled by the next generation, such as the young boys and girls of the Israeli Scouts. They help restore our house and make it whole.
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