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Marty’s Shabbat Message – January 10, 2019

Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),

This week, I have had two observations about living in the Valley: 1) After December 31, it is virtually impossible to buy decent apple cider anywhere; 2) If you have not hoarded firewood, the grocery stores no longer carry it even though the weather makes a fireplace a wonderful thing — sometimes into March. This seasonal awareness tells me we are in full season at the Federation and in our Jewish community. It also means it is almost time to begin our Yesod Jewish Leadership Development program.

The group meets on every other Tuesday, 6-9pm, Feb. 5 – May 7. I teach the cohort and am privileged to be joined each session by different communal leaders for co-facilitation.

The curriculum, developed through the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning and written by Dr. Erica Brown, offers insights into personal and organizational leadership through a Jewish perspective. Course content merges Jewish text study, business skills, leadership theory and experiential application.

If you are interested in applying, or would like to nominate someone, please contact Shoshana Greenberg at 480.481.7028 or Applications are also accepted online at

This week’s Torah portion is Bo (Go) in Exodus. G-d makes the first mitzvah command of the Israelites to establish a calendar based on the monthly rebirth of the moon. That calendar continues to be meaningful to us today, even alongside the secular calendar. Whichever calendar you use, I hope you are putting the rich offerings of events and activities of the next several months on yours. And, as the name of the portion suggests, I encourage you to GO to as many as you can, for they strengthen and sustain our Jewish life.

Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom.


Marty Haberer
Chief Executive Officer

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