Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),
I am writing this week’s Shabbat message to you from Tel Aviv. I am on a Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix men’s mission totaling 18 gentlemen and although we have only been together for a couple of days, the good karma is palpable.
Among the many things we experienced on our first day in Israel, the highlight for me was playing a friendly game of wheelchair basketball, coached by a couple of fabulous athletes at the Israel Sports Center For The Disabled. We learned that our donor dollars make this vital program possible, which is a home away from home to around 2,500 Israelis of all ages, where the unique merits of sports are utilized to strengthen body, spirit and mind.
Back home in the Valley, our Business & Professionals Group is introducing a brand new event: Spotlight, featuring Josh Flagg, from Bravo’s hit show, Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles! Join us on November 20 as Josh shares his story about what makes him one of America’s most sought-after luxury real estate agents. Josh’s dedication to Jewish philanthropy and community stems from his grandmother, Edith Flagg; who was not only a Holocaust survivor but also part of the Resistance.
You won’t want to miss this event! Please register by November 12 at jewishphoenix.org/spotlight2019.
This week’s Torah portion is Lech Lecha (You go) in the book of Genesis. “ Go to the land that I will show you,” Abram is told by G-d. No direction, no destination named, no GPS. He is just told to “go”. This week, 18 men along with 14 women from our community on the “MOMentum” mission, have gone forth, fulfilling this thousands-of-years-old command. We came Home. And while we soak in all that has been built in 71 short years since Israel became a modern state on May 14th, 1948, we also continue to build our local Jewish community in the Valley with programs such as B&P’s Spotlight.
May we continue to grow and thrive on both fronts, and to ensure a vibrant Jewish community for ALL.
Light candles on Friday at 5:12pm. Shabbat ends on Saturday at 6:07pm.
President & Chief Executive Officer
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