Marty’s Shabbat Message – January 2, 2020

Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),

I hope you all had a wonderful New Year celebration as we said farewell to 2019 and hello to a new decade. What will this year bring? What will this decade bring? To us as Americans and to us as Jews? What will our Jewish community in the Valley look like at the end of this decade? To me these are exciting questions filled with opportunity. The answers very much depend on us and the decisions we make in the coming days and months. While some things will be out of our hands, much of what happens is in our control. As Herzl said and made famous “If you will it, it is not a dream.”

One of the things that will push us into the right direction in 2020 are the two opening events for Holocaust by Bullets. I hope you will consider attending both of them outlined on the attached flyer here. Exhibits at the State Capitol and the Burton Barr Library will both be marked with moving ceremonial openings you won’t want to miss. To register for the grand opening at Burton Barr and the event at the Arizona Capitol, go to HolocaustbyBulletsAZ.com.

This week’s Torah Portion is Vayigash (came near) in the book of Genesis. In it Judah offers himself as a slave to Joseph (who he does not yet know is his brother) in place of his youngest brother, Benjamin. Moved by this selfless act, Joseph reveals himself as Judah’s brother and his entire family is reunited in Egypt. We learn from our past. Similarly, the exhibit Holocaust by Bullets helps us learn from the past so that we can move forward and be what we would expect of the children of Israel — the light that we were meant to be.

Light candles on Friday at 5:14pm. Shabbat ends on Saturday at 6:13pm.
Wishing you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2020.

Marty Haberer
President & Chief Executive Officer

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