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Marty’s Shabbat Message – September 5, 2019

Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),

We are officially in Rosh Hashanah territory with just four weeks until the Days of Awe. I am also finding that there is very little hope of my beloved Boston Red Sox making the playoffs this year after winning the World Series last November. And, my daughter, G-d willing, turns 26 in a few short days as well. How can she be 26 when I am so young?! Life moves so fast and while we can’t slow things down, we can and should appreciate them.

This past Monday, I was at The J’s Labor Day membership appreciation party. Their CEO, Jay Jacobs, was at the grill and with over 400 participants, including so many young families, I was very proud to be part of such a vibrant community.

Speaking of young families, I invite you to join Congregation Or Tzion for their Young Family Shabbat Sing-a-Long on Sept. 13 at 5:30pm featuring live music with Erez Kessler, singing, dancing and pizza dinner following the service. It’s free, but registration is encouraged.

Shabbat Sing Along

I am proud to count this young family initiative among the 10 projects that benefit from Federation’s new Synagogue and Camping Impact Fund.

This week’s Torah portion is Shoftim (Judges) in Deuteronomy. It includes the well-known saying Justice, justice though shalt pursue, which is the basis for Tzedakah (justice or righteousness). Jewish Tzedakah is a responsibility. It is not the same as the Christian-based concept of charity, which is voluntary and comes from the goodness of one’s heart. Ours is that each Jew is responsible for one another, kol Yisrael aravim zeh la zeh. It has kept our people together and thriving for over 3,500 years. I believe it is what will keep us thriving together moving forward.

Shabbat Shalom.

Light candles on Friday at 6:29pm. Shabbat ends on Saturday at 7:23pm.

Marty Haberer
President & Chief Executive Officer

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