Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),
I am excited to share that as you receive this Shabbat message, I will be on a flight to Berlin, Germany as part of the largest contingent of the 148 Jewish Federations in North America on the Financial Resource Development mission. After our stay in Berlin, we will travel on to Budapest, Hungary. All of us will witness the work Federation dollars make possible through our overseas partner, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Community. They are the “boots on the ground” providing Federation-funded services in these countries and around the world, including vital services for Holocaust survivors.
After all these decades, Jewish communities and Holocaust survivors continue to struggle and I am proud that Federation is there for them and for our local community. It is important that we never forget and that we keep the lessons of the Holocaust alive, which is why I am also proud the Federation is bringing Violins of Hope to our community in early 2019. This collaborative series of music, education and exhibition features violins of the Holocaust. Each has an amazing and unique story.
Though these events occur in early 2019, we anticipate great interest and recommend you get your tickets now at violinsofhopephoenix.com. More information on all the events can be found as well.
Opening Concerts featuring Gil Shaham and the Arizona Musicfest Festival Orchestra:
- Saturday, February 23, 8pm, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts – On sale now
- Sunday, February 24, 3pm, Casa De Cristo Church – On sale July 16
Tribute Concert for Holocaust Survivors and their Families:
- Tuesday, March 19, 7:30pm, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts – On sale August 6
This week’s Torah portion is Matot (Tribes)-Massei (Journeys) in the book of Numbers. As always, I am amazed at how the Torah portions seem so timely with what’s going on here at our Federation. Our group of 10 is about to journey to Europe so that we can see with our own eyes how our Federation dollars are strengthening and engaging vibrant Jewish communities while providing for Jews in need. Our challenge and privilege will be to share the stories we’ve learned with as many of you as possible throughout the remainder of the 2018 Federation annual campaign and beyond. What a gift that is for us!
Chief Executive Officer