Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),
It’s been another program-packed week as we are “in season” in the Valley. We began our 8-part Yesod Manhig leadership development, manhig being the modern Hebrew word for leader. I am thrilled that this first cohort includes 10 wonderful participants. They come from many different organizations and places inside our Jewish community. The goal of the program is to create a pipeline of leadership for not just Federation, but also the entire Jewish community.
Scott Lorsch, a participant, had this to say about the first class: “That was a great class! I’m looking forward to the next ones. I’ve done a lot of these types of classes but I feel this one is different with how it is structured and how it’s being led.”
These emerging leaders will help us reach new destinations, often moving us beyond our perceived limitations.
This week we celebrated Purim. Esther and Mordechai represent Jewish leaders who risked their lives, took chances and exhibited love and vulnerability. They put the survival of the Jewish people ahead of themselves. All these thousands of years later, as leaders, we frequently visit points of contention or personal frustration and make ourselves vulnerable in the process. I am energized by the people I met last night. They are giving their time to prepare to provide community leadership in the coming years. Through them, as through Esther and Mordechai, we not only survive as a people but thrive and continue to serve as a light unto nations.
Chief Executive Officer