Weekly Update from the Office

What's Happened:  4 Highlights

Please note an important correction (in red) to the first item on the list: 

I have sent information out to all Arkansas congregations and Jewish organizations about the possibility of participating with JFAR in a special program, sponsored by the Jewish Federations of North America especially for Small Federations, and in partnership with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation Life and Legacy Program, which aims to help Jewish Federations, along with local Jewish organizations and congregations, secure legacy/planned gifts for the future.  More information will follow for our board members via e-mail and at our December 14th meeting. 

We had a great (rescheduled) last formal session of theCommitment to Community Program with a fascinating and informative presentation on planned giving by Heather Larkin of the Arkansas Community Foundation.

JFAR's newly formed Board Development Committee is already meeting and working hard on brainstorming and developing ideas to improve the board experience and strengthen board knowledge and involvement.  Thanks to the committee members and committee chair Silvana Berlinski.

Thanks to the Little Rock community rabbis for taking time this week to meet and for their thoughtful consideration of our joint Yom Hashoah and Yom Ha'Atzmaut events.  While the rabbis and I will continue to lead the planning of Yom Hashoah, we would like a volunteer committee to chair plans for Yom Ha'Atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) If you are interested in planning for JFAR's Yom Ha'Atzmaut celebration, please let me know.

What's Happening:  4 Highlights 

Don't miss JFAR's Brown Bag Lunch today at noon in the library of Congregation B'nai Israel with Ron Bernstein of Kibbutz Yahel and the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism

A reminder that JFAR is pleased to serve as one of the sponsors ofLatkes and Laughter and Museum Grand Opening this Sunday, December 6th, at 6:30 pm, at Congregation Agudath Achim. Don't forget that there are also multiple other Hanukkah events happening on Sunday and throughout the week in Arkansas.  Click here to read more.

Our national PJ Library Program Director Cynthia Mann will be in town on December 14th and 15th and will speak to the board at our meeting on the 14th.  She will also meet with PJ parents and grandparents, with our PJ Library Administrators, as well as with members of the Sisterhoods of Congregations B'nai Israel and Agudath Achim, both of which help JFAR support PJ Library in Arkansas.    

Noah Levine of the Jewish Community Legacy Project will also be back in town next weekend to meet with members of Temples Anshe Emeth and Meir Chayim and attend the community meeting JFAR is hosting on Sunday, December 13th for the congregations.  Noah is also going to read Torah at Shabbat Services in Pine Bluff on December 11th.  If anyone is interested in attending, please contact Rabbi Levy.

What's Going to Happen:  4 Highlights 

Today at Noon:  Brown Bag Lunch with Ron Bernstein in the Library of Congregation B'nai Israel

December 6th-14th:  Hanukkah and Lots of Hanukkah Events in Arkansas

December 13th:  JFAR-Sponsored Meeting and Information Session for Temples Anshe Emeth and Meir Chaim, 3:00-5:00 pm, Baim Law Firm, Pine Bluff

December 14th:  JFAR Board Meeting at 7:00 pm at Agudath Achim