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Marty’s Shabbat Message – September 23, 2021


Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),

I hope that each of you has had a meaningful High Holiday experience so far. With Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur behind us, we are now celebrating Sukkot, which celebrates the gathering of the harvest and commemorates the miracles provided to the Israelites by G-d as they exited slavery in Egypt and traveled through the desert on their journey to the land that G-d promised them… Israel.

The Etrog, which both tastes and smells nice, a shoot from a date palm, which produces tasty fruit but is not pleasant to eat, hadas stems, which are aromatic but not pleasant to eat, and the willow stem, which has neither taste nor smell. On Succoth, we wave these four together. If one ingredient is missing, one is unable to fulfill the mitzvah.

In our own community here in the Valley of the Sun, we are fortunate to have a large variety of programming at our disposal year-round.

This week I am highlighting world-acclaimed pianist Sandra Shapiro, who will present a special program, “Songs my Safta Sang to Me,” featuring works by Chopin, Mendelssohn, Scarlatti, Lavry & Schuman.

Saturday, October 2nd, 7:30 pm
Jewish Historical Society, 122 E. Culver St. Phoenix   

Sunday, October 3rd, 3:00 pm 
Sedona Creative Life Center, 333 Schnebly Hill Rd, Sedona

For more information please visit
*This program is sponsored in part by the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix.

The Haftorahs we read during the first days of Sukkot come from Zacariah and Kings 1. In Zacariah, we are reminded of a great war that will center around Jerusalem immediately before the ultimate redemption.  In Kings 1, the construction of King Solomon’s Temple was completed and the dedication occurs during Sukkot.

Like the four ingredients required to make the mitzvah of Sukkot, we, in our Jewish community today, rely on partnerships to build a vibrant Jewish community. This requires variety in programmatic offerings, such as the upcoming Red Rocks Music Festival. It also requires the collaboration of the many agencies, organizations and congregations that make up our very special community.

Light candles Friday evening at 6:04 pm
Shabbat ends on Saturday evening at 6:57 pm

Wishing each of you a Chag Sukkot Sameach and a Shabbat Shalom.

Marty Haberer
President & Chief Executive Officer

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