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Marty’s Shabbat Message – August 8, 2019

Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),

As we end this week of horrific tragedy, I want to reaffirm that all of the professional and volunteer leadership of our Federation stand with the people of El Paso and Dayton as they mourn their losses from these two despicable mass murders.

On another front, I am returning from a JFNA Financial Resource Development mission to Uruguay and Argentina where I have seen first hand the impact of human goodness and the power of communal action. It was a remarkable trip with 117 volunteer and professional Jewish leaders representing several of our 147 Jewish Federations of North America. I have been privileged to participate in several of these missions to witness how our overseas tzedakah dollars are impacting Jewish lives around the world.

I am particularly moved to be here as one of my first-grade classmates, Rebecca Suenderman, had just come to the states from Uruguay to start school. And now, 49 years later, she is excitedly commenting on my Facebook posts from her childhood home.

Uruguay Group

It is a privilege to share this adventure with our lay leaders JFNA National Young Leadership Cabinet Co-Chair Rachel Hoffer and incoming NowGen Board Advisor Marc Newman. Together we visited a school that hosts young Israeli emissaries or shinshinim, a Sephardic synagogue, The Jewish Agency for Israel offices and Uruguay’s Holocaust memorial.

This week’s Torah portion is Devarim (the Words) in Deuteronomy. In it, Moses passes the mantle of leadership to Joshua and tells him, “Fear them not, for the L-rd your G-d, He will fight for you.”

This mission has made me more confident than ever that, through the work of our Federation and the 146 others in North America, lay leaders like Rachel and Marc and the Jewish Agency shinshinim all around the world, we are ensuring a rich and vibrant Jewish future locally and globally.

Shabbat Shalom,

Marty Haberer
President & Chief Executive Officer

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