Articles by Marty Haberer


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Federation Notes: A Season of Hope

As things began to turn in Germany in the 1930s, both sets of my grandparents made the brave decision to leave behind their homes and all they knew to start anew in America. This past summer, as part of the Federation mission to Berlin and Budapest, I was the first member of my family to…

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Federation Notes: Looking forward

As I complete my second year as CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix, I take great pride in where the organization is going.  We have concluded our 2018 development efforts and raised nearly $5 million, which includes a $3.5 million annual campaign – an increase of $100,000 over last year. To our generous…

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Federation Notes: Here Comes Hanukkah

In the words of Adam Sandler, “Put on your yarmulke, here comes Hanukkah.” Did you know that Hanukkah is not a Jewish holiday? Though Hanukkah is canonized by the Catholic and Coptic churches in the Book of Maccabees I and II, it is not canonized in the Hebrew Bible. Both books share the history of…

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Federation Notes: Keeping Passover alive

For millennia, Jews have gathered to retell the tale of their deliverance from bondage in Egypt. We continue that long, unbroken tradition every Passover. It comes from the story of the tenth plague when the angel of death comes to claim the firstborn son of every Egyptian household. Jews were instructed to paint their doorposts…

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Federation Notes: Honoring women

March is National Women’s History Month and throughout our history, women have played a significant role, from the first Jewish woman, Sarah, to Purim’s celebrated Queen Esther. For those who do not know the story, King Ahasuerus has unknowingly taken a Jewish woman to be his queen. Her cousin Mordecai uncovered and prevented a plot…

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Federation Notes: A Whole New Ballgame!

So, we blinked and here we are already into the second month of 2018. That means we begin our campaign for Jewish needs anew, and it’s not the same old, same old. Our board recently adopted a new mission statement, To engage and strengthen a vibrant Jewish community while providing for Jews in need locally,…

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