Marty’s Shabbat Message – August 30, 2018

Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),

The calendar is turning from August to September. Kind of mind blowing, no? Here we are on Labor Day weekend once again. With it, we are back to the busy, fast-pace of our vibrant Jewish community. I am delighted about and looking forward to the many great events and activities our collective Jewish community has in store for us all this programming season.

First up, the Red Rocks Music Festival with eight concerts in Phoenix & Sedona, Sept. 5-29. I am thrilled to be attending the Sept. 5 concert at the Cutler Plotkin JHC at 7:30pm. The line-up for the series includes Israeli violinist Shlomo Mintz, Steinway artist Sandra Shapiro, members from the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra and many more. Check it out at redrocksmusicfestival.com. I hope you will join me in enjoying this wonderful music festival. Together, we build the vibrancy of our community.

Red Rocks Music Festival

This week’s Torah portion is Ki Tavo (Enter the Land) in Deuteronomy. Moses tells the Israelites that only now, 40 years after their birth as a people, have they attained “a heart to know, eyes to see and ears to hear.” May we use all the faculties with which G-d has blessed us: our heart…our eyes…our ears, to enjoy the wonderful gifts offered to us by so many wonderful organizations and initiatives in our community. As we appreciate these gifts, let us remember and assist those less fortunate than us. In doing so, we truly can be proud to be the Chosen People because we have chosen a path of caring, generosity and responsibility. Kol Yisrael arevim zeh bah zeh, each Jew is responsible one for the other. Today and always.

Shabbat Shalom,

Marty Haberer
Chief Executive Officer

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