Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),
I hope you all had an enjoyable holiday weekend and that you took time to remember and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice so we can live in freedom in the greatest country the world has ever known.
Before the holiday weekend, I was honored to attend the 8th grade graduation ceremony at Pardes Jewish Day School. What an impressive group of young people these 27 graduates are. For me, the best part of the ceremony was listening to each graduate’s this-is-me sentence. These graduates are well educated, confident, prepared and so very Jewish. We have much to be proud of in our investment in these students and all the young people of our community. It was powerful to witness our Jewish future right before my very eyes.
This week’s Torah portion is Be’halot’cha (When you light the lamps) in the Book of Numbers. In it, Moses appoints 70 elders to assist him in the governing of the Jewish people. As I was attending the Pardes graduation, I could not help thinking I was witnessing the appointment of 27 new Jewish leaders who will be a large part of our Jewish future, whether it be here in the Valley or wherever they eventually may call home. Mazel tov to them and to us for recognizing the importance of educating, nurturing and developing our young people.
Chief Executive Officer