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Marty’s Shabbat Message – April 28, 2017

Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),

Happy Friday Everybody. With another busy week behind us, we again can look to Shabbat for reflection, contemplation, rest and, possibly for some of us, healing.

This week we experience a double Torah portion: Tazria, which means “she conceived,” and Metzorah, “the leper.” The essence of the two portions continues the theme from last week’s Shemini portion – that of “purity” and purification rituals.

This past week, I was privileged to attend Beautiful Together, a joint program of the Bureau of Jewish Education and Padres Jewish Day School. This program brings together seniors – or as I prefer to call them, our “chronologically gifted” – and 8th grade Pardes students. Bringing these two groups together, in this unique and powerful intergenerational setting, is socially uplifting for the seniors, an adventure for the students, and a powerful framework for cross-generational bonding. L’dor v’dor.

It is here – and through other programs like this one – that memories are made, lives are enriched and personal stories are shared.

Watching all this, I was moved by the beauty and transcendence that filled the room. This event was a microcosm of our Jewish world. Our Jewish future – these wonderful students – sitting in the room, as young proud Jews, with those who came before them.

For me, the experience became even more personal as I met one of the Pardes administrators who taught my now 23-year-old daughter at Yavneh Day School in Cincinnati. We are all connected, I thought to myself. We are a people and a family, part of an enduring tapestry woven together in the most beautiful of ways.

Uniting the generations. Engaging young Jews. Honoring our Mothers and Fathers. All within a single moment, made possible by your single gift to the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix.

Thanks to you, our donors, the essence of Torah lit up the room. What could be more “purifying” than the connection and love that we Jews have for one another?

Shabbat Shalom.

Marty Haberer
Executive Director