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Marty’s Shabbat Message – November 12, 2020

Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),

Another most eventful week has come and gone. We went into the weekend still not knowing who the 46th President of the United States would be. Technically, as we head into this Shabbat, things are still unsettled. But we certainly do have a better idea of the direction we might be heading. And, the stock market seems to be reasonably comfortable with the combination of economics, politics and progress toward a vaccine that will help us get this pandemic of ours under some control. Most of the indices hit new highs this week.

If you are looking for a different kind of high this weekend, the Red Rocks Music Festival is having a live concert with social-distancing this Sunday, November 15, in Sedona. Featured is world-acclaimed Jewish pianist Inna Faliks, Head of Piano Area at UCLA. Attached is their flyer or visit their website here for more information.

On a different note, I am writing this message to you on November 10, the 82nd Anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, which took place in 1938. The name comes from the shards of broken glass that littered the streets of Germany after the windows of Jewish businesses were damaged or destroyed. Over 7,000 businesses were affected and 30,000 Jewish men were arrested and incarcerated in concentration camps. Fortunately for my family, my father, his brother and their parents left everything behind in Offenburg and left for America in December of 1937. Sadly, six million other Jews and 10,000,000 people in total were not as fortunate as my family.

We must keep their memories alive and NEVER FORGET!

This week’s Torah portion is Chayeh Sarah (The Life of Sarah), in the book of Genesis, the first in the Five Books of Moses. In this portion, Sarah dies at the age of 127 and Abraham dies at the age of 175. Abraham’s son, Isaac, meets and marries Rebecca. This portion personifies the idea of the “circle of life.” We remember our forefathers and mothers. We remember the six million and the 10 million who perished during the Holocaust.

And we aspire to live lives “well lived” by enriching ourselves with beauty such as the concert offered to us this weekend by the Red Rocks Music Festival.

Light candles Friday evening at 5:08pm
Shabbat ends Saturday evening at 6:05pm

Wishing you and those you love a Shabbat Shalom.


Marty Haberer
President & Chief Executive Officer

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