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Marty’s Shabbat Message – October 18, 2018

Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),

What wonderful October weather we’ve been blessed with. Fall has come earlier by far than any of my now four fall experiences living in the Valley. The great weather has allowed me to get outside and do some landscaping, repair my cinder block walls and take notice of some needed pool repairs. So while I have the desire to “do” on my weekends, I don’t always have the spare money to initiate these weekend-warrior projects—especially after my daughter’s wedding. This made me think about our Federation community partner, Jewish Free Loan.

Jewish Free Loan

Jewish Free Loan has been putting community dollars to work for close to 70 years. In the last 20 years alone, they have distributed more than $4.6 million in interest-free loans to Jewish Arizonans—life-changing funds in response to the endless list of life’s challenges and celebrations, including emergency situations, adoption/IVF treatments, travel to Israel and more. To learn more, please visit

This week’s Torah portion is Lech Lecha (Go Forth) in Genesis. In it, G-d says to Abram, who later becomes Abraham, “Go to the land that I will show you.” It is interesting that He never tells Abram what that land is called or how to get there. There is no GPS, Google Maps or Waze. So how does Abram know where to go? I love this story because isn’t this really what life is? How do we know how to live it or determine where we are going? Are we really making those decisions? Is G-d? Or, as Forrest Gump says, “I think it might be a little bit of both”?

How wonderful is it that over the millennia the Jewish community has created organizations and opportunities to help us figure out how to get “there.” Jewish Free Loan is one of those organizations that can help all of us get a little bit closer to where we want to go. It is our community organizations and partnerships that create a Jewish community that others will turn to and say, “How can we emulate what they are doing in Phoenix?”

Wishing you and your loved ones a Shabbat Shalom.


Marty Haberer
Chief Executive Officer

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