Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),
This morning I was on a very interesting Zoom call with my Intermediate City Federation size fellow Presidents & CEO colleagues. The topic was Re-Setting the Table: Courageous Communication Across Divides. We focused on techniques of really listening to one another’s perspectives and then restating those perspectives and ending by saying “did I get that right?” It was interesting as we role-played, to see how much more dialogue was possible when really absorbing and restating the position of the other. I also noted when I was presenting my thoughts on an issue, the process caused me to really re-think if I was all in on my position. This exercise confirmed for me how difficult it is to have true dialog living in our current 280-character, social media world.
Speaking of important conversations, the NowGen Giving Circle met recently for their application review. Twenty-two applications for possible funding were received and eight have been selected to move on to the next phase, pitch day, which will be held in the fall. The Giving Circle hit a record high with 31 members and $18,000 in funds raised.
This week’s Torah portion is Ki Tavo (When You Enter) in Deuteronomy, the fifth and final book of the five books of Moses. In it, Moses tells the people that “only today, forty years after their birth as a nation, have they attained a heart to know, eyes to see and ears to hear.” Whether we are dealing with the evacuations in Afghanistan, the topic of COVID vaccinations, or about so many other divisive topics of the day, and even as our NowGen Giving Circle decides on how to best grant their tzedakah, may we all attain a heart to know, eyes to really see and ears with the capacity to really hear and to listen.
Light candles Friday evening at 6:41pm.
Shabbat ends Saturday evening at 7:36pm.
Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom.
President & Chief Executive Officer
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