Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),
I am writing this week’s Shabbat message to you from Carlsbad, CA where there are approximately 225 members of JFNA’s National Young Leadership Cabinet meeting together live for the first time in 26 months. Seven of those in attendance are from our local group of Cabinet members from Phoenix! That includes our very own Rachel Hoffer who was National Cabinet co-chair up until just a couple of years ago. This group is sharpening their tools to strengthen their skills to contribute meaningfully to their Federations and to the Jewish Federation system.
Speaking of tools, Phoenix ToolBank, a locally based nonprofit that I mentioned to you a couple of weeks ago in reference to PPE also loans tools and equipment to a variety of charitable partners to strengthen, enhance, and celebrate our shared community through the work of volunteers, students, and staff. ToolBank tools range from power tools to support building projects, to handheld tools such as shovels to plant community gardens, to painting supplies for rehab/upkeep projects, and even items such as tables and chairs for events. ToolBank specializes in carrying a wide variety and large quantity of high-quality tools donated by their national sponsors such as Stanley Black & Decker, AMES, Little Giant Ladders, Home Depot, and more. You can find a full list of their inventory here along with additional information on lending fees. By investing in ToolBank, nonprofits are able to equip volunteers and staff to support projects without having to redirect agency funding away from their critical missions. This also allows the nonprofit to avoid having to store, clean, and maintain the tools, which may only be used for a one-time project or infrequent enough to provide additional cost versus benefit to the organization. ToolBank increases the capacity and impact of our local community to create sustainable, high-impact change.
I also want you all to be aware that Chaparral High School is presenting I Never Saw Another Butterfly for four days starting Tuesday, November 9th. You don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to experience this performance. The Jewish News printed this last week. Local high school incorporates Holocaust education with theatrical production
This week’s Torah portion is Toldot (Generations) in Genesis, the first book in the Five Books of Moses. In it, Rebecca dresses Jacob in his elder brother Esau’s clothing and covers his arms and neck with goatskins to pretend to be the hairier Esau, as he steals his blind father Isaac’s blessings that would have gone to the firstborn Esau.
Our National Young Leadership Cabinet members are sharpening their tools and adding to their toolbox for the betterment of the Jewish community. The Phoenix ToolBank makes tools available at well below market rates to assist not for profits in our town. This week’s Torah portion is Toldot (Generations) in Genesis, the first book in the Five Books of Moses. In it, Rebecca dresses Jacob in his elder brother Esau’s clothing and covers his arms and neck with goatskins to pretend to be the hairier Esau, as he steals his blind father Isaac’s blessings that would have gone to the firstborn Esau.
And Rebecca and Jacob conspire to use the tool of deception to wrestle away Esau’s blessings from their father Jacob.
Use the tools available to you wisely and ethically my friends.
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