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 donors and supporters, I say thank you.
The increase is exciting because, to me, it is an indication of the growing engagement of more and new members of the community stepping up to help Jews in need and to build vibrant Jewish communities here in the Valley, in Israel and around the world. We are seeing a new generation of young leaders emerging and working with our established “guard.” Indeed, we are proud to have seven young members from our Federation sitting on the Jewish Federations of North America Young Leadership Cabinet of 250 cabinet members from 147 Federations across North America.
It is our mission to strengthen and engage a vibrant Jewish community while providing for Jews in need wherever they reside in the world. This mission is the foundation for our four pillars of core impact: Engaging the next generation, Enriching senior lives, Caring for Jews in need and Building Jewish community.
This last pillar is new for our organization and provides an opportunity for so many of our unaffiliated members to enter our “community tent” through a “tent flap” that is comfortable and meaningful to them. For example, Federation is proud to help bring “Violins of Hope” to our community.
Through a series of exhibitions, concerts and educational programs in February and March, tens of thousands among our community, Jewish and non-Jewish, will learn about the Holocaust and the importance of valuing differences and diversity.
“Violins of Hope” features 60 violins that were played during the Holocaust, many by those who were lost. Each violin has been lovingly restored, and each has a unique story.
As a community and as a Federation, we have much to be excited about as we enter 2019. With your help, together, I know that we will move to new heights in the coming year.
Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2019!
Marty Haberer is CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix