Marty’s Shabbat Message – December 26, 2019

Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),

So here we are, the very last Shabbat message of 2019. It has truly been a wonderful year and I have so enjoyed sharing with you my personal stories, community happenings, Federation facts and figures and a little bit of Torah to bind it all. So what better way to end the year than to promote the YHSA’s (Yeshiva High School of Arizona) 10th Anniversary Dinner? As a Yeshiva high school graduate myself from MTA in Manhattan, I am so proud that a Yeshiva high school option is available to members of our community. My Yeshiva education is an integral part of who I am and where I directed my career path.

In my visit to the new campus of Yeshiva High School of Arizona with the Federation staff, we learned that it is the only Jewish boys high school in the state of Arizona. Attending school there is a very wide range of young men from our community who are receiving an education made up of Jewish and general studies, preparing them for their futures. Many will go on to college and university. The Yeshiva is celebrating their 10th Anniversary Dinner on January 8 and we hope many of you will be celebrating with them. See flyer for details.

This week’s Torah portion is Mikeitz (at the end) in the book of Genesis. In it, Joseph’s imprisonment ends after he interprets Pharaoh’s dreams indicating that seven years of plenty will be followed by seven lean years allowing Egypt to store grain and prepare for the famine to follow. Preparing our young Jewish men with an excellent Yeshiva education is insurance for their futures. In the lean times as well as the years of plenty, these young men will be prepared to lead our Jewish community and the communities where they will reside successfully into the future.

Light candles on Friday at 5:09pm. Shabbat ends on Saturday at 6:08pm.

Wishing you all a Happy Chanukah, a Shabbat Shalom and a happy and healthy New Year.

Marty Haberer
President & Chief Executive Officer

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