Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),
As we close out the week with Shabbat, I hope everyone has had a wonderful Shavuot.
The night before I left to visit my daughter, her fiancée and his family in St. Louis for the Memorial Day weekend, I had the privilege of sitting in on the NowGen Giving Circle grant deliberations. Last year, I was particularly amazed that this group of young adults, in their 20’s and 30’s, led our community by investing $12,000 in sending Valley children to Jewish sleepaway camps. Each dollar they invested in giving children the gift of a lifetime of camp memories was matched, dollar-for-dollar, by the Foundation for Jewish Camping. This year, I was again amazed as this group of philanthropic young people reviewed 29 grant applications and decided how to best invest their tzedakah.
This week’s Torah portion is Naso (lift up), where the leaders of the 12 tribes of Israel each brought their offerings for the inauguration of the altar reminding me how we continue with our offerings today and my time with this amazing group of young people. I am more confident than ever – that these are the leaders of our Jewish community, now and moving forward. I sleep easily knowing our Jewish future is in good hands, that they will “lift us up” and that the traditions of our Torah, given to our nation on Shavuot, will carry on with these dedicated, bright and passionate young leaders of today and tomorrow.