Marty’s Shabbat Message – August 23, 2018

Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),

It is hard to believe that Labor Day and the High Holidays are just around the corner. I am looking forward to an action-packed fall for our community filled with opportunities to engage the next generation, enrich senior lives, care for Jews in need and to build Jewish community with programs like our Age Advantage initiative and Violins of Hope in early 2019. Our community is only as strong as our wonderful strategic partners. They are our boots on the ground providing vital and enriching programs and services and we are proud to fund and partner with them.

JFCS Senior Care

This week, I want to let you know about Jewish Family & Children’s Service’s Center for Jewish Enrichment now at Beth El Congregation. It recently expanded its programming at Beth El Congregation to twice a month with education, health & wellness programs, holiday programs, nutritious lunches, exercise, entertainment and a wide variety of ever-changing activities. For more information, contact 602.943.2241 or Jennifer.Brauner@jfcsaz.org.

This week’s Torah portion is Ki Tetzei (when you go forth) in Deuteronomy. There are 613 commandments in the Torah, 74 of them in this week’s portion alone. While these 74 do not specifically refer to treating our “age advantaged” population with the respect and dignity that our heritage demands of us, I think how we treat our senior population is a sure fire way to determine if our community is high functioning. I am proud that our Federation supports excellent Jewish programing for seniors by JFCS, our Valley’s JCCs, SOS, Kivel and other partners. So Todah Rabah, thank you so very much, to them and to you for making these programs possible.

Shabbat Shalom,

Marty Haberer
Chief Executive Officer

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