Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),
It’s been one short week since the unthinkable nightmare in Pittsburgh. I’m not sure many of us will ever be the same. That said, life does have a way of going on whether we are ready or not. So it is with a breath of fresh air and joy that I can focus on some very happy news for our Federation and our Greater Phoenix Jewish community. I am delighted to share that Rachel Hoffer has been selected as one of Jewish Federations of North America National Young Leadership Co-Chairs. Her term begins July 1. It is quite an honor that of 147 Federations in North America, our own Rachel Hoffer has been selected as co-chair of the Cabinet.
Rachel most recently served as the Cabinet’s Israel & Overseas Vice-Chair and continues to represent the Cabinet to JFNA’s Lion of Judah Endowment Committee. She is a JFNA Fisher Flight alumna and Board Chair of our overseas partner Jewish Agency for Israel’s Youth Futures program. She served as co-chair of the capital campaign to move Pardes to the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus and co-chaired the capital campaign for Congregation Beth Tefillah’s new synagogue building. Rachel is proud of her involvement bringing Violins of Hope to our community in early 2019. She is married to Jonathan Hoffer, and the couple has three daughters.
This week’s Torah portion is Toldot (Generations) in Genesis. I continue to be amazed by how the Torah portion always seems to mesh with current events in our community. In it, we learn of Isaac and Rebecca, their children and their children’s children—Generations. It reminds me how Rachel represents the present and the future of our Federation and our Jewish community.
Rachel’s efforts brought NowGen to our community and she continues to serve as the NowGen board advisor. She co-founded Federation’s multi-generational mitzvah program Tikkun Olam Together, bringing mothers and their daughters together to learn about past generations of Jewish women and to do good in our community.
We are blessed in her leadership and that of the many she has mentored who will serve our community for years to come. We wish Rachel a collective mazel tov! May she, and we, go from strength to strength.
Chief Executive Officer
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