Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),
While it seems like I just finished digesting my Thanksgiving feast and settling back into the regular routine of life after so many family members came to visit and have since left town, here comes Chanukah.
I recently heard a great motivational talk about “finding the inner Maccabee” or hero in ourselves. We are the descendants of those Maccabees who took back our holy temple in Jerusalem from the Greco-Syrians who clearly were that generation’s Goliath to our David.
We all know the story of the oil burning eight nights when it should have lasted only one night. As we approach Chanukah and the end of the year, if you haven’t yet made your gift, please consider supporting the 2019 Federation Annual Campaign. If you have, my sincere appreciation for finding the hero in you.
Speaking of our modern-day Maccabees, It is my pleasure to let you know that on February 13 Lanny Lahr will be honored for his years of community service at a special performance of The Diary of Anne Frank produced by JET Theatre of Detroit, Michigan. This JET production will bring a live version of Anne Frank’s story to more than 5,000 children in the Greater Phoenix area. Performances will take place at the Madison Theatre for Performing Arts and tickets can be purchased by calling 833.378.5300 and specifying Jet/Phoenix or mail a check to Sally Ginn, 3164 East Rose Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85016. Checks should be payable to Jet/Phoenix.
This week’s Torah portion is Vayeshev (and he lived) in the book of Genesis. In it we are introduced to Joseph, the favorite of Jacob’s 12 sons. Despite many daunting life challenges, including imprisonment for a crime he never committed, Joseph always perseveres and does so with dignity.
The Maccabees, Joseph, our generous donors and community leaders like Lanny Lahr lead by example and continue to help us aspire to be a light in our Valley for others to see.
Light candles on Friday at 5:05pm. Shabbat ends on Saturday at 6:04pm.
Wishing you and your loved ones a happy and healthy Chanukah and a Shabbat Shalom.
President & Chief Executive Officer
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