Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),
Last weekend I was privileged to be one of three volunteers sharing our childhood Jewish overnight camp experiences with the camp’s incoming counselors. We also discussed the impact we feel Jewish camps have on the children. I remember the bond I had with my counselors and how they influenced me in developing the Jewish values I hold dear today. We wanted these young people to realize the impact they too will have on this year’s campers… such young, bright leaders helping to mold and shape our next generation.
I am also proud to share that our own ASU Hillel chapter received the university’s Outstanding Undergraduate Student Organization Pitchfork Award. Mazel tov to Executive Director Debbie Yunker Kail, Student President Sarah Balis and the ASU Hillel Student Board who spearheaded the application!
This week’s Torah portion is Bamidbar (the Desert) in the Book of Numbers. As the Israelites wandered through the Sinai Desert, G-d commanded them to conduct a census of the twelve tribes. Through the census, they formed new leadership for life in the desert.
At Camp Stein, we trained our counselors for the big job of leading our community’s children this summer. And at Hillel, awards are won because of the student leadership. These thousands of years later, in our own desert, we are still re-ordering and rebuilding our Jewish community in the Valley and beyond.
May we continue to go from strength to strength.
President & Chief Executive Officer
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