Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),
This week was particularly special because we reopened the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, the Martin Pear JCC and the physical offices of Federation. It was so warming to see cars back in the parking lot, where they should be. The members were patient and friendly and very cooperative with the new procedures put in place for everyone’s safety – and the staff has been outstanding as well. From having my own temperature taken every time I enter the building to now reserving my swim lane (for laps) on the JCC App, to working out and co-existing with my colleagues wearing masks, I am very proud to be a part of this special community within a community. Also a shout out to all who sanitize the equipment and physical spaces and make the environment so very clean and safe. They are working very hard so we can all enjoy this facility.
Speaking of the “new normal,” I want to make you all aware of the Jewish Changemakers Fellowship:
Jewish Changemakers Fellowship
Calling all Jewish 20-25 year-olds. Looking for a way to turn #BummerSummer into #BestSummerEver? Federation colleagues . . . are the children and grandchildren of your major donors looking for an opportunity this summer to build their resumes, meet great people and have an impact on the world?
The Jewish Changemakers Fellowship is a three-week online leadership experience for Jewish students and early career professionals, 20-25, built for career development, networking and making a difference in the community.
The Fellowship begins on June 28 and concludes July 19. Curriculum covers: 1) Career Planning, 2) Service & Advocacy, 3) Israel & Global Jewish Life. Jewish values & ideas woven throughout. Young adults 20-25 may participate in as many or as few sessions as they’d like over the three weeks. Those who attend a minimum number of sessions will earn a $500 stipend and Certificate of Completion. Each participant will join a team and go through the experience as a cohort – either a team they build on their own (e.g. friends from camp, college, etc.) or will be added to a team when they register.
JFNA is providing this experience in partnership with our local Federation. Please refer young adults who would be great candidates.
The big idea is to recruit and train a generation of young Jewish lay and professional leaders – a vanguard that will transform our community now and into the future. This is among the greatest challenges in Jewish life today.
If you’d like to learn more, please contact David.Kessel@JFNA.ORG.
This week’s Torah portion, remarkably, is Bamidbar (In the Desert), which is the first chapter in the book of Numbers, the fourth book in the Five Books of Moses. In it, G-d commands that a census be taken and that a very clear description is painted when the Israelites travel, in terms of who is responsible for what and who shall camp where while thy move through the desert. Upon reviewing this portion, I had to smile. Thousands of years later, I sit here, in our Sonoran desert, in our Valley of the Sun, on the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, which just reopened with special precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of our community. I think about our strategic partners, our service providers and our congregations. We continue to organize our Jewish community, not all that differently than our forbearers have been doing for millennia.
May we continue to be a light onto ourselves and others.
I wish you all a safe and restful Shabbat.
Light candles on Friday at 7:08pm. Shabbat ends on Saturday at 8:09pm.
President & Chief Executive Officer
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