Marty’s Shabbat Message – May 16, 2019

Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),

I have just returned from our interfaith men’s mission. Seeing Israel through the eyes of the men who were there for the first time, many who are not Jewish, was very powerful for me. They now have a better understanding of Israel and its importance to all faiths. I am excited about what this trip may have inspired them to do in their lives and possibly for our community in the future. Read some of their reflections on our blog.

The week also was made even more unforgettable with my son’s graduation from NAU. Bringing our whole family together from all over the country to witness this important milestone was precious and priceless. I am proud and grateful that Noah has accomplished this important step towards independence and success.

This week’s Torah portion is Emor (Speak) in Leviticus. It shares the laws of the Kohanim (priests) and temple service. While our mission participants are certainly not high priests, nor my son Noah, I find great joy in knowing that we continue to strive to improve ourselves, educate people, inspire leadership, and fulfill our potential. In doing so, we are practicing the Jewish tradition of serving as “a light unto nations.”

Shabbat Shalom,

Marty Haberer
President & Chief Executive Officer

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