Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),
I hope you all had a wonderful and meaningful Passover and that your digestive systems have recovered from the effects of the “bread of affliction.” Lori and I ended our Passover in Sarasota-Manatee. It was our first visit back to a place we called home for 13 years. We attended a wedding and caught up with many old friends and colleagues.
It was strange, but also nice to realize that Sarasota was no longer home. It was amazing to realize how much we both have grown, changed and benefited by making the bold move to relocate 2,500 miles away and become members of our new community here in the Valley. So many new friendships made. So much learning and growing going on. We have been inspired, Jewishly, by the many rich offerings we are blessed to have here in the Valley.
This week, I’d like to share the Jewish Community Relations Council’s upcoming multi-faith concert and to encourage your participation. The event features a Jewish, Muslim, Mormon and Mass choir singing their unique songs of faith in celebration of our diverse community. It will be held Sunday, April 29, 7pm, at the Arizona Jewish Historical Society. Tickets are $18. Get yours today!
This week’s Torah portion is Shemini (Eighth day) in Leviticus. It shares some of the ritual laws, including the purifying power of the Mikvah (a pool that meets specific qualifications for purification). As I spent some quiet, alone time in the Gulf of Mexico for the first time in three years, I thought of the power of the Mikvah and left the Gulf feeling cleansed and refreshed. I liken it to how the council is leading us, through a fresh lens, in new, and hopefully, deepening and mutually respectful relationships with our friends and neighbors of other faiths.
Together, may we all go from strength to strength.
Chief Executive Officer