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Marty’s Shabbat Message – October 29, 2020

Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),

Isn’t it funny how just about everybody knows the same nursery rhymes that have been around for hundreds of years, as if we come into this world preprogrammed with them?

We rarely think about where they came from or even what they are about but yet, there they are. Right at the tip of our tongues. The one I would like to focus on for this message is Humpty Dumpty.

You remember it. “Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king’s horses and all the King’s men couldn’t put Humpty together again.” This was the theme I used in leading a discussion with one of our Jewish Federation Leadership Advancement groups and how this children’s rhyme, attributed to as early as 1648, can be a rather interesting symbol of the pandemic we are all grappling with. Think about it!

As we attempt to put Humpty Dumpty back together again in our own community, allow me to introduce the new Virtual JFCS Center for Senior Enrichment (CSE).

While the doors have had to remain closed at the physical CSE at The Palazzo during COVID-19, some windows have been opened to bring the CSE directly to people in the comfort and safety of their own homes – all on Zoom, and classes will rotate with new offerings added each month!

Upcoming November 2020 Classes

Schmooze Parlor – Host, Janet Rees
Monday, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 | 1-2pm
For more info and/or to register, click here!

The Curriculum Theatre Company
Tuesday, November 3 | 11am-Noon
Shakespeare’s 7 Stages of Man: Physiology and Performance
For more info and/or to register, click here!

Chair Yoga with Zoe
Wednesday, November 4, 11, 18, 25 | 11-11:45am
For more info and/or to register, click here!

Nicole Pesce Variety Show
Thursday, November 5 | 11am-Noon
The Music of Cole Porter
For more info and/or to register, click here!

Welcome Shabbat
Friday, November 6, 13, 20, 27 | 11-11:45am
Special guests each week
For more info and/or to register, click here!

Marshall Shore, Hip Historian
Tuesday, November 10 | 11am-Noon
Cut a Rug as We Explore 1949
For more info and/or to register, click here!

Phoenix Art Museum
Thursday, November 12 | 11am-Noon
Abstract Expressionism in America: The women who found their voice and influenced the world of art in the 20th Century.
For more info and/or to register, click here!

Yiddish Club
Tuesday, November 17 | 11am-Noon
When a Kugel Lies on Your Face: The Irony and Wit of Yiddish Idioms
For more info and/or to register, click here!

Phoenix Conservatory of Music
Thursday, November 19 | 11am-12:30pm
The Clarinet in Jazz
For more info and/or to register, click here!

BOOK CLUB with Az. Jewish Historical Society
Thursday, Nov. 19 | 2-3:30pm
Mendelssohn is on the Roof by Jiri Weil. Discussion led by Ruth Callahan. Book is available through Amazon.
For more info and/or to register, please email:

Jane Przelica Presentation Series
Tuesday, November 24 | 11am-Noon
Fred Harvey and the Santa Fe Railroad
For more info and/or to register, click here!

All above virtual classes are free to attend. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link. Not familiar with Zoom? Help is available. Questions? Please contact Jennifer Brauner at or 602.343.0192.

This week’s Torah portion is Lech Lecha (Go Forth) in the book of Genesis. The first in the five books of Moses. G-d commands Abram, “go from your land, from your birthplace and from your father’s house, to the land which I will show you.” G-d never tells Abram where to go or how to get there. Think how anxiety provoking that must have been? Going back to the nursery rhyme, once Humpty Dumpty fell off the wall, he was never going to be the same. Similarly, we do not know where this pandemic will take us. Our world is and will continue to be different, and that can be very unnerving for some. But, with partners like JFCS and their Virtual Center for Senior Enrichment, at least we have a compass to guide us to where we are heading.

Light candles Friday evening at 5:19pm
Shabbat ends Saturday evening at 6:14pm

Wishing you and your loved ones a Shabbat Shalom.


Marty Haberer
President & Chief Executive Officer

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