Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),
We are about to celebrate the last Shabbat of June and will truly be entering the dog days of summer here in the Valley. Miraculously, I noticed so many friends on Facebook showing one last set of flowering cacti, and I had a most beautiful floral explosion on my property as well. As one friend posted on Facebook, “If ever there was proof of something bigger than us at the helm…”
This week, our Federation continues the process of transitioning to new fundraising software. Our system truly was old and hadn’t changed in 35 years. It was created before the advent of the internet and certainly before iPhones and Facebook. Needless to say, it was antiquated.
Why I have chosen to focus on this for my Shabbat message? The significance of this transition is the recognition that what got us to where we are will not take us to where we need to be. Our new software system is yet another example of the progress we continue to make as we aspire to strengthen and engage a vibrant Jewish community while we provide for Jews in need.
This week’s Torah portion is Balak (the son of Zippor) in the book of Numbers. It is one of my favorites because of the beautiful blessing, “How great are your tents, O Jacob, your dwelling places, O Israel.” Our Federation aspires to create a tent that is as comfortable, efficient and enticing as it can be. Our tent should be the standard for all while at the same time, exhibiting humility and collaboration.
Chief Executive Officer