Marty’s Shabbat Message – November 5, 2020

Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),

I am writing this week’s Shabbat message sitting on “shpilkis” (Yiddish for pins and needles), just like the rest of you I am certain, awaiting any clues as to who the next President of the United States will be.

Admittedly, I have never been more engaged, invested and interested in an election, as I am in this one. So, I ask myself, “why,” and there are no easy answers. Real time always seems to be the most important moment in our lives because well…. it is! Regardless who our leader will be for the next four years, our lives will go on. At our Federation, we continue to “shep nachas” (gather pride and joy) from NowGen, as this group of young leaders develops and grows among us, and right under our eyes.

On November 19 at 7:30pm on Zoom, join NowGen for a compelling and fascinating event with Virag Gulyas of Almost Jewish. Virag will be speaking about anti-Semitism and how she faced her ingrained education and re-educated herself about Jews. She will also speak on the lawfare at the EU & UN and how the law is used as a weapon against Israel. Lastly, Virag will educate us on reciprocating respect and the “goy-shaming” she has experienced as a non-Jewish Israel advocate. Details provided upon registration, click here to register! Questions? Contact us at 480.481.7028 or at nowgen@jewishphoenix.org.

This week’s Torah portion is Vayera (Reveals), in the book of Genesis, the first in the five Books of Moses. In it, G-d reveals himself to Abraham three days after the very first Jew’s (his) circumcision at age 99. Abraham, nonetheless, rushes off to prepare a meal for three guests who appear at his tent needing to escape the desert heat.

Perhaps the learning for us is that when we are our best selves, we put our energy into caring for the other, even when something might hurt or sting us personally. No matter how things turn out in the coming days, there will be those that will be very happy with the results of our election and some will no doubt be devastated. No matter where you may fall on this spectrum, perhaps we can learn from our beloved forefather Abraham, to put the needs of our family, friends and even strangers, ahead of ourselves, even if we may be hurting, to make our world just a little better than maybe it has been lately.

And we need not look any further than to our wonderful NowGen constituency to realize that we have a very bright future as Jews and as Americans here in the Valley, and certainly in this great country of ours.

God bless America!

If you have not already signed up to donate blood at our community drive on Friday, November 6 from 8am-1pm at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, please consider doing so. There are still available appointment times. Click here to register and use code: jccvos

Light candles Friday evening at 5:13pm
Shabbat ends Saturday evening at 6:09pm

Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom.

 

Marty Haberer
President & Chief Executive Officer

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