Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),
It is with great sadness for me to share with you that Allan Flader passed away last night after a courageous and long battle. The community is invited to attend his services at 10am on Friday, Aug. 16 at Temple Solel, 6805 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley 85253. Burial thereafter will be at Paradise Memorial Gardens, 9300 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale 85260. May his memory be for a blessing.
It has been a week of personal milestones. My daughter and son-in-law celebrated their first wedding anniversary and I find myself filled with overwhelming pride and gratitude. The next day would have been my dad’s 90th birthday had he not passed away 21 years ago. His spirit and memory hold a special place in my heart.
Having returned from the JFNA FRD mission to Argentina last week, it was very stunning to see the nation’s currency drop 30 percent in one day in response to the country’s upcoming elections. After speaking with the people in Buenos Aires, I am concerned about the impact this may have on the Jewish and general middle and lower class there. I am glad to know, as so many times before, the power of our collective Federation system and our overseas partners. We will be ready to help anywhere in the world where there are Jews in need.
This week, I also met with a major donor who shared that while he was attending cardiac rehab, another participant noticed that he was having trouble walking. She, a Federation Senior Rides recipient, recommended the program to him. He smiled and shared with her that he is a donor to that very program! These are the stories that warm my heart and demonstrate the power of our donors’ gifts. They do matter in so many ways to so many people.
With all that said, if you’re a music lover, I highly recommend the Red Rocks Music Festival, Phoenix & Sedona, opening this weekend and continuing through September 22. Several outstanding Jewish artists will be on hand including Howard Wall, New York Philharmonic French horn player; violinist David Ehrlich, who played a major role in Violins of Hope earlier this year; and Inna Faliks, head of piano at UCLA. Admission is free for Holocaust survivors. Learn more at redrocksmusicfestival.com.
This week’s Torah portion is Va’etchanan (Sought After) in Deuteronomy. In it is a repetition of the 10 commandments. From my personal life to my trip to Argentina, to my visit with a major donor and his connection to a recipient of the senior rides program, and even to the enjoyment of the Red Rocks Music Festival, what binds it together is our Jewish lens… our love of the Torah, our people and above all… our Maker.
Light candles on Friday at 6:55pm. Shabbat ends on Saturday at 7:51pm.
President & Chief Executive Officer
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