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Marty’s Shabbat Message – June 14, 2018

Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),

As last week came to a close, my wife Lori and I were looking forward to a weekend of R&R. We are watching our diets and working out as much as we can as we get ready for our daughter’s wedding in August, so we popped in to The J on Sunday as “civilians.” Lori went to the elliptical machine and I went to the pool for a swim. I was stunned to see over 250 people, mostly young families enjoying the pools and all the other amenities, including the rock climbing wall, ping-pong, a DJ and more. Jay, The J’s CEO, was looking good in his cowboy hat. I felt tremendous pride in how far our J has come and so fast! It’s great to see Federation’s strategic partners growing and doing well.

In that same vein, we are proud to partner with Jewish Family & Children’s Service to create the Mitzvah Hub, an online resource for anyone wishing to do community service projects as an individual, family or group, including students needing to fulfill school service hours and/or Bar/Bat Mitzvah requirements. We plan to launch it in the fall, but need organizations to enter their community projects now. To submit your organization and community projects, please contact Jody Goldman at or visit to complete the Mitzvah Hub submission form.

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This week’s Torah portion is Korach (Korach, son of Izhar) in the book of Numbers. Korach incites a mutiny when he challenges Moses’ leadership and the granting of the priesthood to Moses’ brother Aaron. The mutiny fails and the 250 that are involved are consumed by the ground. Aaron’s staff miraculously blossoms and produces almonds as a sign that he is the legitimate high priest.

Fortunately, today in our Jewish community in the valley, we are rejecting divisiveness, perhaps having learned from our past, and instead are cooperating on important projects such as the Mitzvah Hub. I am so proud to partner with JFCS on this vital program for our Jewish community.

Shabbat Shalom,

Marty Haberer
Chief Executive Officer

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