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Marty’s Shabbat Message – April 26, 2018

Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),

In just a few days, my family and I will be celebrating our 3rd year in the Valley of the Sun. We have fallen in love with the blooming cacti.

Marty's cacti

We also are amazed at the rich offerings of Jewish opportunities that take place almost daily and year-round here. One of those opportunities is a collaborative event with Technion, in partnership with our Federation. I certainly hope you will take advantage of this offering:

Coming to a Pharmacy or Doctor’s Office Near You: Technion’s Next Medical Breakthroughs
Mon., May 7 | 7-9pm
Desert Stages – 7014 E. Camelback Rd., inside Scottsdale Fashion Square (old Harkins)
Join Professor Noam Ziv, Vice Dean for Research, Faculty of Medicine at Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, as he shares advances in medical research. His work has important implications for understanding aging and pathological conditions such as Alzheimer’s. He and his team recently discovered that the synaptic function in the brain can and does change at random. This event is complimentary. Register by May 3 to 858.750.2135 or

This week’s double Torah portion is Acharei Mot (after the death) and Kedoshim (holy) in Leviticus. It is in Kedoshim that the great sage Hillel says, “This is the entire Torah, the rest is commentary — Love your neighbor as yourself.”

The work of those who seek to eliminate suffering — whether it be the lack of basic needs or the devastating effects of diseases such as Alzheimer’s — is a blessing to us all and keeps this principle very much alive today. I am delighted that Federation can serve our community by funding the work of our amazing partners, and as a convener, bringing partners such as Technion to the community.

Shabbat Shalom.

Marty Haberer
Chief Executive Officer

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