Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),
This has been a remarkable week of Jewish activity in our community, so much so that frankly I am exhausted and looking forward to resting this Shabbat.
The week included a fabulous benefit gala for Gesher Disability Resources (formerly Council For Jews With Special Needs). The Roaring 20’s theme was so much fun. Then there were the wonderful sounds of the Desert Gathering Jewish Music Fest. So nice to have this event on our Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus. Finally, we ended the programmatic week with our Federation major gifts appreciation event (a major gift is a contribution of $10,000 or more to the Federation’s annual campaign).
For me, there was one constant in all three of these activities-our very own community philanthropist, an anonymous “angel”. Not only was she at every event (and a sponsor for all as well), but she hosted our appreciation event at her exquisite home. It was wonderful to acknowledge the generosity of Federation’s major donors and to spend time with them and for our “angel” to provide such a beautiful setting.
This week’s Torah portion is Chayei Sarah (The Life of Sarah) in Genesis. As Rabbi Pinchas Allouche pointed out in his D’var Torah at our Federation board meeting this week, “Why is the name of the portion The Life of Sarah when the portion is about her passing?” The answer, he explained, is that one only really lives when one does for others, as was the case of our great matriarch, Sarah. So I extend a warm thank you to our “angel”, who like Sarah, lives to give, and gives so much to all of us. The same can be said of all who support our Federation and our community, for they truly understand the notion of am echad, lev echad (one nation, one heart).