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Marty’s Shabbat Message – August 19, 2021

Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),

As you know if you read last week’s message, I just returned from New York visiting with my mom and my brother who flew in from Colorado. We hadn’t seen mom in 19 months and it was a very emotional time for us as we tried to use our limited stay there wisely updating her electronics, technology and just getting her home organized. I think we accomplished a good deal while sneaking in our fair share of NY Jewish soul food as well!

And then, so many things have been happening in our crazy world this past week. The unanticipated speed of the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan.  Also, the situation in Israel, where wildfires have been burning along the Jerusalem corridor for several days. Thankfully the wildfires seem to be coming under control.  Since early in the crisis, JFNA’s Israel Office has been in close contact with our emergency partners at the Jewish Agency for Israel, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), and Israel Trauma Coalition (ITC).

Lastly, we are heartbroken by the news of Haiti’s devastating earthquake, which has killed hundreds of people and destroyed thousands of homes. Jewish Federations are collectively supporting relief efforts through the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), which is providing critically-needed medical supplies to local hospitals treating the wounded. Through our partnership with JDC, Federations provide a Jewish response to international humanitarian emergencies wherever they happen. If you would like to support this effort, you can do so by donating here.

This week’s Torah Portion is Ki Teitzi (When You Go Forth) in the Book of Deuteronomy, the fifth and final book of the five books of Moses. Seventy-four of the Torah’s 613 commandments are listed in this Torah portion. As my brother and I “went forth” from New York, we hope and pray that our mom feels more comfortable in her surroundings because of our visit. May Israel “go forth” and move past these horrific wildfires, and I hope as many of us as possible will choose to “go forth” with open hearts to support those who are suffering in Haiti with our Tzedakah. And lastly, after 20 years at war in Afghanistan, may our US armed forces “go forth” from their service there and return home safely with as few casualties as possible, not only our troops but the locals who assisted our American efforts and now find themselves at risk.

Light candles Friday evening at 6:50pm.
Shabbat ends Saturday evening at 7:45pm.

Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom.

Marty Haberer
President & Chief Executive Officer

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