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Marty’s Shabbat Message – August 13, 2020

Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),

And the beat goes on…. Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden picked Kamala Harris as his running mate. Regardless of anyone’s political leanings, certainly a historic pick.

Chicago, as well as other parts of the Midwest, experienced a rare weather event known as a derecho, which is a strong thunder storm complex of straight line winds that can hit parts of an area covering over 100 miles, carrying winds capable of hitting 100 miles per hour. This came a day after significant looting on Chicago’s Miracle Mile. In sports news and for those following hockey, the New York Rangers, who last won a Stanley Cup in 1994, won the NHL draft lottery Monday night and with it, the right to select heralded Canadian left winger, Alexis Lafreniere.

And this, my friends, was an uneventful week when one considers all that has been going on since March.

At the Jewish Federation, we continue to adapt to the ever-changing world. This week, we had our second Major Gifts webinar with 19 participants. They had the privilege to hear a presentation from Josh Schwarcz, representing the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), who addressed concerns about the Diaspora losing their voice and influence in Israel. He explained how we are being represented in the Knesset through the efforts of JAFI.

On our local college campus at ASU, another year of university is beginning. Below are some updates from Hillel, a Federation Strategic partner, as they kick-off an unprecedented year. Engaging these young adults is important, as always, as they represent our present and our future.
What’s not changing:

  • ASU Hillel is a place to be, belong and grow. They are a home away from home.
  • Their strong relationship with ASU will continue to help students navigate all kinds of challenges.
  • Their commitment to being student-centered, building community, and fostering the next generation of Jewish adults is unwavering.

What will look different? Programming is more expansive than ever to include virtual as well as campus-based social distanced events. Wherever students are living, and whatever their interests, Hillel has something for them. Masks & social distancing required at all events.

  • Click here for a welcome video!
  • All incoming students are invited to share their information so they can receive a personalized welcome bag. These are available for students if they are living on campus, off-campus, or out of town/state with their families. Fill out the Jewish Newish Form, here.
  • Ways for parents to stay connected, click here.

This week’s Torah portion is Re’eh (See) in the Book of Deuteronomy, the fifth book in the five Books of Moses. In this portion, the mitzvah of charity obligates a Jew to assist a person in need with a gift or a loan. Thank you to our Major Donors, in fact to all of our Federation donors who make it possible to provide a safe and nurturing environment for our young Jewish adults at Hillel on the campus at ASU; enabling them to lead proud, productive and exciting lives as Jewish students on campus.

Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom.
Stay healthy and stay safe!

Light candles on Friday at 6:56pm. Shabbat ends on Saturday at 7:52pm.


Marty Haberer
President & Chief Executive Officer

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