Marty’s Shabbat Message – July 11, 2019

Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),

As I write this Shabbat message, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, marking that we are more than halfway through another baseball season, has just been won by the American league. The good news is that our Diamondbacks are only 1.5 games away from a playoff spot, having won their last three games. The bad news is those darn Yankees and always-dominant Dodgers have the best two records for the season.

In August, Jewish singles from all over the country are converging on the Valley to knock one out of the park for Tu B'Av, the Jewish day of love. The Heart 2 Heart conference is a great chance to meet other Jewish singles of all ages and to hear from some impressive speakers. We are proud to be among the many Jewish community organizations sponsoring this great event. Heart 2 Heart also is working with Federation NowGen and JNFuture to host a Saturday night young adult social during the conference.

Heart to Heart AZ

I love the collaboration and that so many organizations across the religious spectrum are coming together to support this event. Check out the website and please share with anyone from anywhere who may be interested: heart2heartaz.com

This week’s Torah portion is Chukat (Statute) in Numbers. This is the famous portion where Moses becomes angry at the rebellious Israelites and strikes the stone that G-d instructed him to speak to in order to draw forth water. Though water flows, G-d is displeased with Moses’ anger and neither he nor Aaron are permitted to enter the Promised Land. The learning here is that a moment of anger can have long-term and unintended consequences.

Conversely, when we approach things with love, when we have love, it’s a home run. We are grateful to Randi Jablin and all who are involved in creating this wonderful opportunity for single Jews to come together. In the inimitable words of the Beatles, All you need is love, love is all you need. Amen.

Shabbat Shalom,

Marty Haberer
President & Chief Executive Officer

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