Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),
Can we really be headed into the second week of June already? Since the temperatures have climbed above 100 most of this week, I guess summer really is here.
Last week I was privileged to experience my fourth NowGen Giving Circle process since my family and I came to town in May of 2015. What an honor it was, along with Federation COO Robin Loeb and NowGen staff professional Kelly Harris, to serve as mentors while 30 young philanthropists sifted through dozens of funding requests over several hours. These 20 and 30 somethings were thoughtful, pragmatic and efficient as they narrowed the applications and moved to the next step. All the funding for awarded grants comes from the money the Giving Circle raises. Though I left the process tired and ready for bed, I also felt great pride and hope for our Jewish future. We are in good hands.
If you are interested or know of any Jewish young adults who would like to join the NowGen board and help create meaningful programs to engage those ages 22-45, applications are being accepted through June 21 at jewishphoenix.org/ngapp18.
This week’s Torah portion is Shelach (Send) in the Book of Numbers. In it, G-d commanded Moses to conquer Canaan for the Jewish people. Rather than having faith, Moses sends 12 spies to determine if the land could be conquered. Ten of the spies reported that it could not, so the Jewish people had to wait 40 years in the desert before they could eventually enter the Promised Land. Thankfully, we continue to call Israel our Jewish homeland to this very day. Had the spies of yesteryear had the resolve, education and vision of those in the Nowgen Giving Circle, I suspect we would not have waited 40 years.
Chief Executive Officer
Please Note: The Saturday time for Sabina Zemel’s Shiva was incorrect in our Wednesday email. The correct time for Saturday, June 9 is 8pm. Thursday, June 7 and Sunday, June 10 remain at 7pm.Donate Now