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Marty’s Shabbat Message – October 28, 2021


Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),

This is the last Shabbat message for the month of October. Quite remarkable to me how quickly the year is moving along. Thanksgiving and Chanukah will be here in a few short weeks. As I write this message to you, the stock market has once again hit an all-time high and I’m quite fascinated by the phenomenon known as the “Great Resignation.” It seems people have become tuned into the worker shortages.  Rather than apply for new jobs while continuing with their current employment, they are simply resigning from their current jobs with confidence that they are in the driver’s seat and will secure a better opportunity where they likely can work remotely and for higher pay with bonuses… A strange outcome from an economy affected by the pandemic for almost two years now.

Back in our Jewish communal space, I want to make you aware of an upcoming program from our friends at Jewish Culture and Holocaust Remembrance (JCRH)

Sunday, November 7th

Presented by Guri Stark
A unique lecture on a topic that is not commonly discussed in the context of the Holocaust – the art of
The Holocaust.  Art is a powerful representation of the horrors, the hope, the anger, and the hopelessness experienced by Jews during and after the holocaust.  Through personal stories of victims, survivors, and child artists, real examples of art created by them will be shared.  Observe and discuss how art has created a visual, long-living record of the Holocaust experience. How it has been used as evidence for what really happened. How it helped children cope, imagining a better world and how it became a form of resistance by the artists.

This lecture brings a powerful and unique perspective that will likely stay in your memory for a long time.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 848 2065 6687
Passcode: 757922
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Those members outside of the USA can use WhatsApp and phone into the meeting using the call-in number above. You can listen in and speak.



I’d also like to promote one of our stellar BJE programs, Marriage University this week:

Jewish Marriage University
Sunday, November 7th
9:30 a.m. – 12:15 pm

This is a MUST DO for all serious and engaged and married couples who want to strengthen their relationship.

What does Judaism say about marriage? How can couples learn to communicate with each other to resolve conflicts, plan for their financial future together and support one another?

Jewish Marriage University offers couples a unique opportunity to learn valuable skills together to secure their future. Experts in various fields present the couples with an enormous amount of practical, valuable information and guidance.


Special session available for interfaith couples
Wednesday, Nov. 17 | 6:30 – 8:30 PM
For more information and to REGISTER call 480.634.8050

This week’s Torah portion is Chayeh Sarah (the life of Sarah) in the book of genesis, the first in the five books of Moses. In it, we learn of Sarah’s passing at the age of 127. Abraham also dies and is buried next to Sarah at the age of 175. Abraham’s son Isaac marries Rebecca and is comforted over the loss of his mother. Though the portion is called the ”life of Sarah,” it focuses on her passing. Whether we focus on the changing economy, which so clearly has been affected by the pandemic, or the Holocaust and the effect it has had on the Jewish people, Israel and frankly all of humanity, or our newly wedded couples, it is quite clear that it is difficult to know where we are going and to give our lives some context, unless we know where we have come from. May we all seek grounding in our heritage to take us to the next great places in our lives.

Light candles on Friday evening at 5:21 pm
Shabbat ends on Saturday evening at 6:15 pm

Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom.

Marty Haberer
President & Chief Executive Officer

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