Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),
There are so many amazing things going on that I found it difficult to narrow down what I wanted to share this week. Among them, Violins of Hope opened its incredible eight weeks of programming with a photography exhibition on Feb. 3, I met with fellow Federation CEOs at JFNA in New York, and our second cohort for Yesod Leadership has begun.
Given all these, I landed on sharing with you the work of J Teen Connect AZ. This effort seeks to engage and connect our community’s youth to all things Jewish teen in the Valley. They just launched their new web site, jteenconnectaz.org. On it, you’ll find information on youth groups, leadership and sports programs, educational and social action opportunities, travel programs, as well as job and financial aid resources. I invite teens and parents to check it out, to follow their social media links from the site and to sign up for their newsletter.
This week’s Torah portion is Terumah (An Offering) in Exodus. The Israelites are instructed to contribute materials to make G-d a sanctuary so that He may live among them. I am proud and grateful for the efforts of Jen Schwarz and so many others who have put in countless hours and resources to make J Teen Connect AZ a reality, allowing our teens to be a light unto nations in accordance with thousands of years of Jewish tradition. I can think of no more important “material” for ensuring the future of the Jewish people than our youth. We must nurture them, invest in them and teach them well.
Chief Executive Officer
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