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Marty’s Shabbat Message – September 10, 2020

Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),

I returned to the office this week after a brief getaway to Prescott with the family and then a few days to relax at home. I was making my way to my office at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus when one of my colleagues stopped me. She wanted to express to me that while she often reads these Shabbat messages, she wanted me to know, that they sometimes set things in motion that connect people to each other, and actually affect people’s lives. She went on to tell me that when she saw the person whose picture was featured in last week’s message, putting a mezuzah on the door of her new home, that led her to ordering a kosher mezuzah for the front door of her new apartment. I was deeply moved by this story and so happy she shared it with me.

This week, knowing that Rosh Hashanah is now only a week away and that friends and family would most likely be spending the High Holidays apart this year, Jennifer Starrett, who runs Jew PHX, wanted to create something that would connect us in the spirit of the holidays, so she created Community Eats. Community Eats is a collection of almost 50 recipes from local Phoenicians that is filled with family favorites from soups and appetizers to main entrees and desserts. The hope is that you can use this collection to help fill your tables with delicious food and warmth during these unprecedented times.

Click this link to download the free collection of recipes from members of our community.

This week’s double Torah portion is Nitzavim (Standing) and Vayelech (Went) in Deuteronomy, the fifth and final book of the Five Books of Moses. In it, G-d emphasizes the importance of freedom of choice. “Life and death, I have set before you, blessing and curse. And you shall choose life”. So, whether it is choosing to put a kosher mezuzah on your front door, or going to the effort to collect 50 scrumptious recipes we can all enjoy and share with each other, we choose life. Even in these unprecedented and uncertain times…we choose life!

I wish each of you and those you love a Shabbat Shalom.

Light candles on Friday at 6:21pm. Shabbat ends on Saturday at 7:15pm.


Marty Haberer
President & Chief Executive Officer

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