Marty’s Shabbat Message – May 5, 2017

Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),

To learn and to do.

These are the things that drive us as Jews. We are a people, both of introspection and of action – and, for me, this past week was another reminder of this.

Sunday night, it was so moving. And, I felt so privileged. Standing among more than 500 people, in the front of Ina Levine social hall, facing them, narrating the program for Yom Hazikaron – Israel’s Remembrance Day for the Fallen Soldiers and the Victims of Terror. How powerful it was.

The perfectly-crafted program, a just-right blend of the emotional and the educational, was put together brilliantly by one of our Federation partners, the IAC-Arizona.

For me, a Jew, who lost family in the Holocaust, a Jew who lives and breathes passion for our beloved Israel, a Jew who has dedicated his professional life to serving Jewish communities, it was a moment that affected me deeply. Thank you, IAC-Arizona; thank you, Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix, thank you G-d for giving me that opportunity.

Our Torah teaches us that it is our personal mission while here on earth to learn and to do. I am so proud that our Federation was a partner in this distinct evening of remembrance and tribute.

This week’s Torah reading includes the portion Kedoshim, where G-d commands us to be holy. I knew in my heart standing in front of the crowd Sunday night that the Torah was illuminating the room with holiness. May it illuminate you in the coming week.

Shabbat Shalom.

Marty Haberer
Executive Director