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Marty’s Shabbat Message – December 20, 2018

Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),

It’s hard to believe we’re already in the final days of 2018. When it began, I noted the 18, the numerical value of Chai, or Life, and I thought that it would be a very special year. It has absolutely delivered! Lori and I celebrated 30 years of marriage, our daughter graduated law school and got married, and our son is racing toward his college graduation.

At the Federation, we have also had a wonderful year with missions to Berlin and Budapest, to Israel and a men’s mission reunion in Santa Monica. Through them, we have identified and engaged a new generation of Federation leadership. We are excited to be bringing Violins of Hope to our community. Though it is coming in February and March of next year, much of the work to make it possible happened in 2018. We also completed phase one of our new Age Advantage initiative.

All of this, and so much more, is made possible through our generous and caring donors. Thanks to you, we are on pace to meet and possibly exceed our 2018 budgeted campaign goal of $3.5 million and possibly surpass $5 million in total financial resource development. More important than the money is what the money will allow our partners to do to ease the suffering of Jews in need in the Valley, in Israel and around the world.

This week’s Torah portion Vayechi (Lived) tells of Jacob's final years and burial in Hebron. Joseph’s passing is also mentioned. It is perhaps apropos that we are coming to the end of the five books of Moses as we end the calendar year. During these last two weeks of 2018, I encourage us all to reflect and to be grateful for the gifts we received in 2018 — for the good and for the bad. For the gift of life. For all of it.

And as we end our 2018 Federation campaign, thanks to all of you who contributed. You are making the lives of others a little bit better. For those of you who have not yet contributed, there is still time. Please donate now and we’ll put your gift to work helping Jews in need and strengthening our Jewish community.

Thank you and Shabbat Shalom.


Marty Haberer
Chief Executive Officer

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