Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),
As I write this Shabbat message to you, I have one eye towards my weekend getaway with my wife Lori, to see our daughter and son-in-law and to visit their new home in St. Louis. It will be Lori’s birthday on the ninth and we can’t think of a nicer way to celebrate than with our family.
Speaking of family, tonight I attended the fourth in our series of five Herzlian dinners. These dinners are designed to engage and re-engage members of our community and introduce them to the work of Federation. There is no fundraising and these dinners are purely educational and social. In all there are 12 participants at each dinner and each has a different theme. Tonight’s dinner was graciously hosted by Barbara and Barry Zemel and the topic was Jewish Identity and Intermarriage.
On another front, the Chai Tech division of Federation’s Business and Professionals Division is offering another terrific opportunity which I hope you will all avail yourselves to.
Do you want to learn how to create $500 million a year in business?
Do you want to learn how to run a Fortune 10 website and development team?
Do you want to create a platform with over 100,000 daily users?
You’ll find the answers at next week’s State of Arizona Technology Panel on Thursday, February 13! We’re kicking it off at 6:30pm with a network and nosh reception followed by the panel at 7pm.
This week’s Torah portion is Beshalach (sent away) in the book of Exodus. This is the portion where G-d splits the sea so the Israelites can escape from the chasing Egyptian army. Metaphorically, since that miraculous occurrence, we have created air travel to more easily bridge the divide between Phoenix and St. Louis, making my weekend trip to St. Louis almost ho hum. The divide for our interfaith couples is something we need to continue to address if we are to make the non-Jewish partners in these relationships feel welcome in our Jewish community. Lastly, be sure to attend the Chai Tech event, to breach the divide between business success and business failure.
Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom.
Light candles on Friday at 5:47pm. Shabbat ends on Saturday at 6:44pm.
President & Chief Executive Officer
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