Marty’s Shabbat Message – June 27, 2019

Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),

I just returned from the men’s missions reunion. Twenty-two men from our 2018 and 2019 men’s missions gathered in San Francisco, mostly young men with impressive bios who care about our Phoenix Jewish community. They represent, at the very least, a piece of our present and our future.

During a meeting with a very active lay leader from the San Francisco Jewish community, he commented on the quality and diversity of our group. His effusive praise of our Federation and community for building such a strong and committed group through our missions program was music to my ears and truly gratifying. I thank Adam Finkel for the idea for this San Francisco mini-mission and rolling up his sleeves, with the help of our Development Associate Shoshana Greenberg, to make the vision a reality.

mens mission members on segways in San Francisco

This week’s Torah portion is Shelach (Send) in Numbers. Moses sends 12 spies into Canaan to learn about its viability and the Israelites’ ability to conquer it. Ten of the 12 are intimidated by the size and strength of the Canaanites. Many of the people lost faith and wanted to return to Egypt. Because they doubted His command to take the land, G-d commanded that the Israelites wander in the desert for 40 years until the generation of doubters perished; only Joshua and Caleb, the two believers among the spies, were allowed to enter the Promised Land.

I was blessed to travel with this fine group of men, many of whom were with me on one of our missions to Israel. Some serve on the JFNA National Young Leadership Cabinet. Others are engaged with our Business & Professionals Groups and other Federation activities and committees. Many are also engaged in other local Jewish organizations and congregations.

I know that these men are cut from the cloth of Joshua and Caleb and will represent and lead our community for years to come. They are part of a foundation that will make the Phoenix community one that people look upon and aspire to emulate.

I am proud to be a member of our Jewish community and I know the best is yet to come!

Shabbat Shalom,

Marty Haberer
President & Chief Executive Officer

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