Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),
There is so much good stuff to share with you. First, I am leaving this weekend on a men’s mission to Israel with 19 fabulous people, 15 of whom are of the young leadership variety. I am very confident, as was the case on a couple of earlier incarnations of this mission that several participants will emerge as current and future leaders for our Valley Jewish community. It is equally exciting that Federation Campaign Director, Sheryl Press, is taking 14 wonderful and talented women on a “MOMentum” experience to Israel at the same time. I will be jumping on their trip for their last day when we experience first-hand some of the great work made possible by Federation donor dollars through our partners in Israel, The Jewish Agency and the American Joint Distribution Committee. Between these two groups, the number of future young leaders who will be exposed to our work and energized to become further involved in Federation and throughout our local Jewish community is priceless.
Speaking of opportunities, here’s a great one for the women in our community – The Great Big Pink Challah Bake is just around the corner on Thursday, November 14 at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus. General admission and VIP tickets for an intimate reception with New York performer Malky Giniger are available here shabbatprojectaz.org.
Please encourage everyone to register as soon as possible because this will sell out!
This week’s Torah portion is Noah, the second portion in the book of Genesis. It is a personal favorite of mine since my wife and I named our one and only son, Noah. We did so because Noah is described as “a righteous man in his generation.” That is all we have ever wanted for our son and at the age of 23, we are blessed to have gotten what we have asked for and couldn’t be more proud of the man he has become.
Similarly, our Jewish women & men who are about to journey to Israel this weekend to “the land that I will show you” are our Jewish community’s righteous in their generation. We wish them all a nissiya tova, a safe journey there and back and we will share pictures and stories along the way over the next couple of weeks.
Light candles on Friday at 5:18pm. Shabbat ends at 6:13pm.
I wish you all a Shabbat Shalom.
President & Chief Executive Officer
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