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Marty’s Shabbat Message – July 29, 2021

Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),

Another interesting week in the Valley. Things have dried up again after all that wonderful rain. We certainly needed it. Hope there is more to come!

The summer Olympics have entertained many this past week with the feel-good story of USA’s Lydia Jacoby winning a surprise gold medal for her 100m breaststroke. Jacoby is a 17-year-old from Alaska and she absolutely shocked the field of competitors.  Jacoby is the first Olympic swimmer from the state of Alaska. Back in Seward, Alaska, her hometown, I suspect the celebrations have begun in earnest.

Sadly, in our Jewish Federation professional family, a colleague and friend, Michael Jeser, the President and CEO of the Jewish Federation of San Diego County, lost his four-year battle with cancer and passed away last weekend. He was just 45 years old and leaves behind his four-year-old daughter and his wife of seven years. I traveled with Michael to Argentina just a couple of years ago and I can attest first hand that he was such a mensch. It was quite breathtaking to see how much he impacted the San Diego Jewish community in his three years as their professional leader. Baruch Dayan Emet (Blessed be the one true Judge).

This week we were also fortunate to have Dr. Hillel Newman, Consul General to the Pacific Southwest, visit with leaders and members of our local Jewish community on our Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus. Consul General Newman is a highly respected author, academic, and statesman. He has a unique overview of the strategic threats facing Israel due to playing a key role in the Strategic Division of the Foreign Ministry. It was a privilege to receive his Israel update.

This week’s Torah portion is Eikev (Because), in the book of Deuteronomy, the fifth and final book in the five books of Moses. In it, Moses warns his people not to become haughty and begin to believe that “my power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.” As I think about the bounty of rain we received, the surprise victory of Olympic gold medalist Lydia Jacoby, the tragic passing of my friend and colleague Michael Jeser, and the visit and wise words from Consul General Newman, I do keep with me Moses’ reminder that each of us only controls so much. The rest is in G-d’s hands.

Light candles Friday evening at 7:11pm.
Shabbat ends Saturday evening at 8:09pm.

Shabbat Shalom.

Marty Haberer
President & Chief Executive Officer

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