Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),
So this week, right before Pesach, I have some big news to share with you all. After more than a year of exploration and contemplation, the boards of directors for the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix and the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix have unanimously voted to approve a proposal aimed at integrating the operations of the Federation and Foundation. Each board has appointed six persons from their respective boards to a committee to finalize the corporate organizational details. Both boards anticipate approving the final proposal within the next few months.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix and the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix have served the Phoenix community well for decades. The two organizations have complementary business models with overlapping missions focused on local Jewish philanthropy and support for a vibrant, enduring Jewish community.
The boards of each organization agreed that it is in the best interests of the two organizations and the community to join in an integrated, collaborative structure through the formation of a new entity. Of key importance among the board members of both the Federation and the Foundation when making this decision was the commitment to enhance Jewish philanthropy in our community. The legacies of each organization will remain as we strengthen our community’s existing organizations, programs and social services.
This Saturday evening, we begin the second Pesach when we continue to grapple with our 11th plague…COVID-19. In my family, we will have some core family members home again while sharing the Pesach Seder with family members over Zoom. Last year doing so was very pleasant as I am sure it will be again this year. But I certainly hope and pray that next year we can celebrate this most special Jewish celebration with the whole family perhaps at my brother’s new home in Colorado. COVID-19 being behind us G-d willing.
This week’s Torah portion is Tzav (Command) in the book of Leviticus, the 3rd in the five books of Moses. In it, G-d instructs Moses to command his brother Aaron and his sons regarding their duties as Kohanim(priests). In the emerging new operating entity in our community that is yet to me named, my duties and responsibilities will shift as well. I will serve as Executive Vice President for Donor Services. Rich Kasper will serve as interim President & CEO.
It has truly been my pleasure and my joy to serve as the Federation President and CEO these past four years while serving the Federation for almost six years now in total. I am honored to continue to contribute to this very special and growing Jewish community in my new capacity as things fall into place in the coming months. And for those who have been inquiring, yes, I will continue to offer these weekly Shabbat messages to you.
Light candles Friday evening at 6:26pm
Candle lighting for Erev Pesach is Saturday evening at 7:22pm
Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom and a happy and healthy Pesach!
President & Chief Executive Officer
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