Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),
It was just last week that our brothers and sisters in Israel were dodging hundreds of missiles fired from neighboring Gaza. Though this week has been quieter in our homeland, last week was a reminder of how fragile things can be in Israel and how critical it is for us here in the comfort of our great nation to continue to speak out and support Israel any way we can.
One way to do so is to support the work being done by the Israeli American Council. As a friend and supporter of the IAC-Arizona, I cordially invite you to attend the IAC National Conference in Hollywood, Florida, Nov. 29 – Dec. 2. The event celebrates Israel’s 70th anniversary, taking participants on a journey through Israel’s seven decades From Declaration to Start-Up Nation.
I hope that you will join me at my very first IAC conference as we learn from community leaders, scholars, diplomats, senior policymakers and activists.
This week’s Torah portion is Vayishlach (Sent) in Genesis. Jacob (which means Sneak Heel) wrestles an angel. Jacob overtakes the angel and asks for his blessing. The angel responds, “Not with the name of Sneak Heel will I bless you, but with the name of Yisroel, which means to wrestle with G-d. For you have wrestled with an angel of G-d and prevailed.”
As we celebrate Thanksgiving this week, let’s take some time to truly be grateful for all we have… our families, our friends, our community, our Israel, even our Jewish Federation. Let’s also aspire to continue to grow and evolve into better, stronger human beings as Jacob succeeded in doing while wrestling the angel.
Chief Executive Officer
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