Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),
As another hot July summer week comes to a close, I was energized, as I dutifully performed my nightly habit of reviewing the Facebook posts of the day. What came across my feed was a picture of the 12 very special ladies representing our Federation and the Valley of the Sun JCC on a Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project mission to Israel, including J COO Kim Subrin. The trip is equally subsidized by The J and the Federation. This investment is developing leadership for both organizations, as the participants are empowered to change the world through Jewish values that transform themselves, their families and their communities.
This week’s Torah portion is Matos (Tribes) towards the end of the Book of Numbers. In it, three tribes ask Moses for a specific land as their portion of the promised land. I am so excited that all these thousands of years later, our 12 representatives are standing in that very land, our Jewish homeland, today and always, receiving their portion for the next eight days.