Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),
This weekend will undoubtedly be one of the most important and happiest events in my life. It is the weekend of my daughter Danielle’s marriage to the love of her life, Colin. Lori and I couldn’t be happier for them and for us! Danielle and Colin “get it.” They are smart, ambitious, humble and kind. They make both of our families so proud. Together, they will bring more goodness to the world.
As proud of them and what I know they will accomplish in this world as I am, I am equally proud of the work our Federation does both globally and locally. Last week, I had the pleasure to go on a “road trip” with our entire professional staff.
We spent the morning at Gesher Disability Resources, hearing the challenges they face in being “one of the best-kept secrets” as an organization that works with Jews of all ages, but especially adults who have special needs. We had lunch at Hillel at ASU, and learned how Federation donations are helping to gather, nurture and inspire Jewish students both on and off campus—developing their Jewish identity and community. Finally, we spent the afternoon at the Friendship Circle, where they shared the amazing ways their work impacts not only the lives of children with special needs, but also those of their families and their teen friends. It was truly inspiring.
This week’s Torah portion is Re’eh (Behold or See) in Deuteronomy. The parsha begins with, “See, I place before you today a blessing.” I feel so very blessed and so very grateful for so many things—for the marriage of my daughter and for the many organizations, schools, temples and congregations that add to the vibrancy of our community, and I’m so grateful that Federation is a part of it.
Thanks to all of you who make this work possible through your acts of tzedakah.
Chief Executive Officer
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