Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),
I feel the power of the upcoming Pesach holiday and the excitement of the impending Seders. Lori and I are flying to Dallas to celebrate with my brother’s family and my mom. It will be the first time since Lori and I moved to Phoenix four years ago that we will be out of town for Pesach. Though I’m excited to see my brother, his family and my mom, I will miss my hard-working son, who must stay in town for his job, and my daughter and son-in-law as they celebrate their first Passover as husband and wife at their home in St. Louis. All in all, I am reminded of how blessed I am.
As we approach Passover and gather with our family and friends, I hope that you too will reflect on your many blessings and be moved to share of your time, talent and treasure. Of course, we always welcome gifts to our annual campaign to help Jews in need and to strengthen Jewish life here in the Valley, in Israel and around the world. Of equal significance, last week was National Volunteer Week. It is a good reminder that we all have talents and hopefully some time to share to make our community better for all. Whether you’re an individual, a group of friends or coworkers, or know of a young person beginning his or her bar / bat mitzvah project, you can find a variety of volunteer opportunities at the Mitzvah Hub, a project of the Federation in partnership with Jewish Family & Children’s Service. I encourage you to check it out.
This week’s Torah portion shares how Pharaoh’s own words brought the final plague that struck down his own son and caused him to finally let the Israelites go… on this very day, G-d took the children of Israel out of Egypt. This is our story. It is all of our stories. It is a blessing to us, one we continue to celebrate all these millennia later.
This Passover, I hope you will take some time to reflect on how lucky we all are. Where we live. The freedom we have. And our own ability to help someone or several someone’s who may not be as fortunate as we are. It is what I will be embracing at my brother’s Seder table in Dallas, and I hope that you too will continue to embrace our thousands of years old tradition of taking care of each other.
I wish each of you a Shabbat Shalom and a happy and healthy Pesach!
President & Chief Executive Officer
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