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Marty’s Shabbat Message – November 16, 2017

Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),

Just a few days ago, 24 of us returned to the Valley after participating at the JFNA’s 2017 General Assembly. I have been told by many that this is the largest delegation to a GA ever sent by our Federation in its 76 year history. It made me so proud to hear that we had more participants than even the strongest Federations such as Pittsburgh.

GA 2017

I believe it speaks to how very far our Jewish community has come in a very short time. Our organizations are collaborating with each other. Our donors are sensing “positive momentum.” New, fresh faces are emerging on our board, in our committees and at our events.

At the GA, we were privileged to hear from Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and via skype by Benjamin “BiBi” Netanyahu. Together, thousands of Jews and some non-Jews from all over North America gathered to address the challenges facing our Jewish communities locally and globally, now and in the years ahead.

This week’s Torah portion is Toldot (Generations) in the book of Genesis. The chapter begins “…and these are the generations of Isaac, Abraham’s son.” And so are we. How powerful and meaningful is it that all these thousands of years later, we recognize our connection to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; to Sarah, Rebecca and Rachel. And that we have a platform like the JFNA General Assembly, where we can tackle the challenges to our ancient tradition together.

As we head into the last six weeks of the year, I ask that if you have not yet made your commitment to our 2017 annual campaign, please do so today by clicking on the button below! If you have, thank you so much and certainly consider adding more. Our campaign needs you. Our community needs you. The most vulnerable among us need you. Your gift matters!

Wishing you, your families, and all whom you love a very happy Thanksgiving!

Shabbat Shalom.

Marty Haberer
Executive Director