Marty’s Shabbat Message – August 16, 2018

Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),

As I mentioned last week, my daughter was married in St. Louis this past weekend. The event and everything around it exceeded my expectations. The bride and groom are very happy and are off to Newport, Rhode Island for their honeymoon. I am a very proud papa.

Danielle and Colin's wedding

So now I’m heading home to the Valley and am eager to resume the important work our Federation does in our community. Before our fall programming and campaign season picks up again, it is a wonderful time to pause and reflect on what’s been accomplished so far in 2018.

With 4.5 months to go, we are on-pace to hit our campaign goal of $3.5 million. This allows us to provide more vital services to help our extended Jewish families who need food, clothing, shelter, job training and deeper connections to our Jewish community. Learn more about what your donations make possible in the Valley, in Israel and around the world.

This week’s Torah portion is Shoftim (Judges) in Deuteronomy. It is apropos that Colin and Danielle’s first Shabbat as husband and wife involves the law—both are embarking on careers as attorneys. This week’s parshah (portion) also features the concept of tzedakah (justice, righteousness or charity). It is this Jewish value that the Federation system of giving is built upon and that has guided Jewish communities to take care of one another for thousands of years.

May Colin and Danielle continue our tradition of tzedakah and may our Valley’s Jewish community continue to be a beacon of light for the greater community so that we all respect and love our neighbors as ourselves. In this way, we will build a community full of love, caring and compassion.

Shabbat Shalom,

Marty Haberer
Chief Executive Officer

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