Marty’s Shabbat Message – August 29, 2019

Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),

This Shabbat I find myself wondering where the summer has gone. Time passes so quickly. I’ve already noticed the quickening pace of the programming season — kids are back to school, people are returning from their summer homes and the roads are busier. Though we’ll be enduring summer-like temperatures for another eight weeks or so, I am looking forward to apple cider and fireplace season.

Thank you Deb Rochford and team. I was so pleased to join my Jewish professional colleagues at a wine and cheese gathering hosted by our friends at JNF. It was a wonderful thing for them to do and a way to live our community’s collaborative spirit.

Now on to business. As you know, one of Federation’s core impact areas is enriching senior lives. We are so proud of our partner JFCS and their new Creative Aging programming season. They offer a variety of classes with focus on music, dance, art, performance, movies and more, including their monthly Memory Café for those with cognitive issues and a quarterly Kibbitz & Kultur program for the survivor community. Folks can learn more at JFCS Older Adults or by contacting janet.rees@jfcsaz.org.

Janet Rees

This week’s Torah portion is Re’eh (See) in Deuteronomy. The mitzvah of charity obligates a Jew to aid the needy with a gift or a loan. How blessed are we, who are able to be those who give rather than those in need. May we all give to our capacity and with love and compassion as we continue to fulfill our role as a light unto nations.

Shabbat Shalom.

Light candles on Friday at 6:38pm. Shabbat ends on Saturday at 7:33pm.

Marty Haberer
President & Chief Executive Officer

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