Marty’s Shabbat Message – January 3, 2019

Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),

Let me once again wish you and yours a happy and healthy 2019. This past holiday weekend, we partook in a Haberer household tradition — watching old Twilight Zone episodes on SCI FI. This year, we were able to watch one of my favorite episodes, Changing of the Guard. I do so love old Professor Fowler. I won’t bore you with the details other than to say he shows up at Horace Mann’s headstone which reads, Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humankind. I am deeply moved by this quote that I probably first learned when I saw the episode as a young boy in the 70’s. Little did I know that I would have the privilege of living these words by working on behalf of the Jewish communities in which I live through the Federation. It is the work done by our partners and funded through our generous donors that gives me such satisfaction — my small victories for humankind.

One such partner is Moishe House Phoenix. A few weeks ago, I joined them for their Latkes & Learn event. Twenty-five young adults came together to light candles, study Talmud and to celebrate. Moishe House is a global organization with 108 houses in 26 countries that puts the tools to create meaningful, welcoming Jewish communities into the hands of young adults. In Phoenix, the residents represent a diverse group and are an incredible example of leaders in our community. In 2018 alone, they hosted 74 programs reaching nearly 400 Jewish young adults in our community.

Moishe House

This week’s Torah portion happens to be my Bar Mitzvah portion, Va’eira (Appeared), in Exodus. In this chapter, G-d defines the four expressions of redemption in fulfilling his promise to free the Israelites from bondage: Take Out, Deliver, Redeem and Acquire. It seems to me that Mann’s epitaph, my Bar Mitzvah portion and the work of Moishe House link together beautifully. It is through these aspirations that we build our current Jewish community and our Jewish future, so very precious and essential.

Thank you for being part of this effort, for reading my Shabbat messages each week and for supporting our Jewish Federation and most importantly, our Jewish people.

Shabbat Shalom,

Marty Haberer
Chief Executive Officer

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