Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),
What a busy time of the year this is. Whether serving on a panel with great colleagues at the Valley Beit Midrash to tackle the subject of the rising tide of anti-Semitism or attending the Valley of the Sun JCC’s Gala this past Saturday night, where 505 people filled the gym floor to honor the great accomplishments of award winners Bob Silver and Pricilla Sachs Barretto, our Valley is simply teeming with opportunities to engage with our Jewish community.
In both instances, the one thing that comes to mind most is leadership. None of these opportunities are possible without the involvement of incredible volunteer and professional leaders. And because volunteer leaders are people we can never have enough of, it is vital to continue to target and mentor the next great group of leaders who will take this community to new and exciting places.
So, it is my pleasure to introduce the NowGen Leadership and Advancement Series. This series is a Jewish Federation program for those aged 22-45, and will provide participants with professional, personal and community insights, skills and experiences; giving them the tools to take each area of their lives to new heights. With six cohorts of between eight to ten individuals led by a highly successful, community leader (‘mentor’), participants will be able to learn from their peers, guest attendees and their community leader. Our mentors have run major companies, transformed our community and changed organizations for the better-all with integrity and passion. The application deadline is December 16. Mentors include Steven Hilton, Jonathan Hoffer, Joel Kramer, Steven Schwarz, Bob Silver and Beth Jo Zeitzer. To apply visit jewishphoenix.org/leadership2020.
This week’s Torah portion is Vayishlach (Sent), in the book of Genesis. In this portion is the famous “wrestling match” between Jacob and the spirit of his brother Esau, whom Jacob vanquishes. During this battle, the angel that Jacob wrestles blesses Jacob with a new name, Israel, which means to wrestle with G-d. In order to wrestle with G-d, clearly one needs to be a leader. It gives me great hope that our leaders of tomorrow, who will emerge from the NowGen Leadership Advancement Series, will provide our Jewish community here in the Valley with the leaders and vision that will bring us ever closer to our ideals as Klal Yisroel, the Jewish people.
Light candles on Friday at 5:03pm. Shabbat ends on Saturday at 6:01pm.
President & Chief Executive Officer
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