Marty’s Shabbat Message – July 5, 2018

Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),

Marty grilling

I hope that you, your families and friends had a wonderful July 4th celebration. Though commonly associated with fireworks, barbeques, parades, etc., it is important to remember that July 4th is Independence Day, when we celebrate America’s declaration of independence from the British Empire. What better time to focus on what allows us to be independent, as individuals and as families? Primary to independence for most of us is having a job that provides income to meet our needs. Sadly, not all of us are currently blessed with jobs or jobs that pay us the wages we need to be independent.

Our strategic partner, Jewish Family & Children’s Service, provides Jewish career services for unemployed and underemployed members of our community. There is no charge for these vital services to those who have recently lost their jobs or who have been unemployed for up to two years, or who are underemployed, thanks to a grant from the Carmen and Michael Blank and the Arthur M. Blank Foundation.

This week’s Torah portion is Pinchas (The son of Eleazar) in the Book of Numbers. Pinchas is one of the few portions named after an individual. To appreciate the significance of this, note that there is no portion named Abraham, Sarah, Moses, Joseph or David, etc. Pinchas was the grandson of Aaron and known for “loving peace and pursuing peace.” Being financially independent allows one to have peace of mind and to spread peace to others. How wonderful is it to have a strategic partner like JFCS that can help transform lives. We are grateful to support them, and the work of many other fine organizations in our community, through the generosity of our donors and the service of our leadership.

Shabbat Shalom,

Marty Haberer
Chief Executive Officer

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