Marty’s Shabbat Message – October 3, 2019

Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),

And just like that, we are in October. I hope you all had a meaningful Rosh Hashanah and were able to spend some quality time with family and friends while having your fill of “Jewish soul food.”

We are now officially in the Days of Awe. As we head into Yom Kippur, we wish one another G’mar Chatima Tova or “may you have a good final sealing.” Idiomatically, it means may you have a good year and be inscribed in the Book of Life.

I recently attended the East Valley JCC Pillars of the Community event. Awards were presented to individuals and organizations that enrich the vibrancy of our East Valley Jewish community and the JCC. Among them were our Board Co-Chair David Weiner and our Federation. We also witnessed the passing of the torch from George Goffman, who completed his 3-term as the East Valley JCC chair, to Aaron Blau.

This week’s Torah portion is Vayelech (And He Went) in Deuteronomy. Moses at 120 years of age is unable to “go forth and come in”. He transfers leadership to Joshua. In witnessing the transfer of leadership of the East Valley JCC, we are reminded how our traditions carry on some 3,500 years and counting. May they continue to do so for generations to come.

Wishing you all G’mar Chatima Tova. May you be inscribed in the Book of Life and for a good year.
Light candles on Friday at 5:51pm. Shabbat ends at 6:54pm.

Marty Haberer
President & Chief Executive Officer

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