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Marty’s Shabbat Message – October 22, 2020

Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),

As I write this Shabbat message, we are just a few hours away from the first game of the World Series. The last two teams standing each representing their leagues are a study of two completely different cultures in terms of running a baseball team. The completely different paths they took have brought them to the “big dance” while the other 28 teams have all gone home for the winter (sorry Steven Schwarz). The Dodgers, with the huge Los Angeles demographic and seemingly unlimited riches and resources, have built a juggernaut that has dominated their National League for quite some time. The Rays, on the other hand, are from the much smaller market in Tampa Bay, Florida and use sabermetrics and live on a shoestring budget one third of that of the Dodgers every year. I’ve always been an underdog guy, so I am rooting for the Rays (I also lived in Sarasota for 13 years prior to coming to Phoenix, and they were our “hometown” team.)

Speaking of innovative ways to build a winner, I am thrilled to report that JFNA’s Virtual GA2020, at this point in time, has nearly 6,000 registrants. That is twice the number of people who have participated in live GAs (General Assemblies) in recent years. I look forward to watching the numbers continue to grow and registration is open through Sunday. If you have not already done so, please take a moment to review the many interesting offerings and feel free to register. All of the event details can be found here and all are welcome to register for some or all of the events taking place on October 25 and 26. The best part is these offerings are free of charge!

This week’s Torah portion is Noach (Noah), the second chapter in the book of Genesis. This chapter will always have a special place in my heart as my wife Lori and I named our son Noah. Our daughter and niece read from this Torah portion for their Bat Mitzvot, which they shared, and was very special for that reason. Besides liking the name Noah, the idea that Noah was a righteous man in his generation was something very intriguing to us. Particularly now, during a time of pandemic and turmoil, we are reminded that we don’t control the circumstances we may be thrust into. However, we do control how we conduct ourselves. The best that each of us can hope for is that we be our very best selves, no matter where we find ourselves.

Our third community blood drive will take place on Friday, November 6 from 8am-1pm in the social hall at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus. Click here (sponsor code: jccvos) to register. I hope that you will find yourself donating blood and helping to replenish our community’s very low supply. This selfless act of Tikkun Olam is a great way to be your very best self for our Jewish community.

Light candles Friday evening at 5:26pm
Shabbat ends Saturday evening at 6:21pm

Wishing you and your loved ones a Shabbat Shalom.


Marty Haberer
President & Chief Executive Officer

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