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Marty’s Shabbat Message – October 14, 2021


Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),

This past week was a lot of fun for me. As you know, Lori and I celebrated our 33rd wedding anniversary, my beloved Red Sox went on to defeat their forever rival New York Yankees as well as the talented AL East division champion Tampa Bay Rays.  (Yes, I am a New Yorker… this story is for another time.), and I actually went to see the Cardinals defeat the 49’ers with Lori, my son Noah and some cousins who came in from San Francisco to see the game. But, what meant the most to me was when we all sat in my house, at some point over the weekend, and I brought out a suitcase of letters between my namesake and hero, my Uncle Martin Haberer, z”l, and my grandparents and father, z”l. I was amazed at how enthralled my cousins were with these letters, photos, and documents, some of which were more than 75 years old.

Speaking of passing traditions and Jewish heritage down to our children and grandchildren…

Got Grandkids? Join PJ Library and the Grandparent Committee for an afternoon of fun! Pack a picnic, get their face painted from Storybook Entertainment, do crafts, play games and have some Kona Ice! Register at:

This week’s Torah portion is Lech Lecha (Go Forth) in the book of Genesis, the first book in the five books of Moses. In it, G-d commands our forefather Abram, to “Go from your land, from your birthplace and from your father’s house to the land which I will show you.”

The multi thousand-year-old story of our people is one of leaving places we have called home in search of something better, ultimately to the land of Israel, which God promises to the Jewish people. In my own family, who were forced to leave Germany just before the holocaust, some of us were fortunate to be allowed into the US while others settled in Bolivia. Through the storybooks, materials, and programs of the PJ Library, we provide our children and grandchildren insight into their deep and rich heritage. Ever since the commandment to Abram to “GO,” to this day, we continue to “find our way” to our best selves as a people, in our communities, and in our own homes.

Light Shabbat candles Friday evening at 5:36 pm
Shabbat ends Saturday evening at 6:30 pm

Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom.

Marty Haberer
President & Chief Executive Officer

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