We have always felt that giving to the Jewish Federation is a moral obligation. This is not only our obligation, but our opportunity and privilege. We are part of something larger than ourselves and we are all partners in this sacred endeavor. Through our gift we are able to fulfill one of Judaism’s highest values, the mitzvah of Tzedakah.
The common thread which binds us together is our commitment to the betterment of the Jewish condition anywhere in the world. We are guided by our tradition; by our eternal Jewish values; and by principle and commitment to do what is good, kind, just and compassionate. We are bound together by principles of shared destiny and mutual responsibility in Jewish affairs.
One day when our children or grandchildren ask us what we did to help our people we will tell them that through this gift to the Phoenix Jewish Community Foundation, we wrote ourselves into the history of the Jewish people. As Pirke Avot reminds us, “the day is short and the task is great, but the reward is plenty and the Master of the house is anxious.”