Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),
So this is it – the very last Shabbat of 2018. Some of us are sorry to see it go; for others, the ball cannot drop soon enough for a fresh start. Whatever your perspective on 2018, it is a great time to think about what we want for ourselves, our families, our friends and for our community in 2019.
As we start the new calendar year, I invite you to join us on January 16, 7pm, at Congregation Or Tzion to kick off our 2019 campaign and to celebrate those in our community who are making a difference.
We will be presenting the:
- Harold z"l & Jean Grossman Award to Morrie Aaron
- Sy Clark Young Leadership Award to Ben Ellis
- Lee Amada Young Leadership Award to Danielle Breslow Gross
- Belle Latchman Community Service Award to Special Needs Community Model Seder, Gesher Disability Resources
Please RSVP by January 11 to jewishphoenix.org/celebrate.
This week’s Torah portion is Shemot (Names) in Exodus. It focuses on the birth of Moses in Egypt, his rise as leader of the Jewish slaves and his demanding Pharaoh for their freedom. None of this comes easy for Moses – not leading nor securing freedom for the Jews, yet he persevered.
As we begin 2019, each of us is likely to face new challenges. May each of us face them with grace and humility, knowing that we are part of something bigger, a Jewish community that is responsible one for the other.
Wishing you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2019.
Chief Executive Officer
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