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October 27, 2017 Cheshvan 8, 5778

As a follow up to Super Sunday, please join us for,
as we continue to reach out to community members on behalf of the 2017 Annual Campaign.

November 7th
November 15th
All Phone-a-thons will be held in the Federation offices at 12500 NW Military Hwy, Suite 200.
A light kosher dinner will be provided!

Please RSVP to Sherry Womble at or 210-302-6967.
PJ Library families come together to celebrate fall at the new Interfaith Pumpkin Patch  

On Sunday, October 20th, PJ families experienced fall fun together at the Interfaith Pumpkin Patch at Woodlands Baptist Church. The weather was perfect for pumpkin painting, snow cones, pumpkin snacks, and taking pictures with pumpkins! The Life in Art Photography captured beautiful images of PJ kids and families enjoying the fall weather and PJ Library activities. 
Holocaust Study Seminar Applications Now Available!   
This program will engage twelve to fifteen high school juniors in a six-month study of the Holocaust. The goal of this program seeks to educate students to the history and atrocities of the Holocaust, with the intent of broadening their world views and empowering them to positively impact the world in which they live. The program will culminate in a trip to Eastern Europe, where the students will be able to learn on site at historical locations
 Please submit all paperwork by December 1, 2017 to Juana Rubalcava at or  210-302-6812.
The Men's Division hosts 'Pints & Bites' a brewery hop around San Antonio!  
The new Men's Division of the Jewish Federation "got on the bus" on Thursday, Oct 19 as they went on a Brewery Hop visiting 4 local breweries. Thank you to Greg Davis and Lauren Stanley for their hard work putting together a great event of camaraderie and community!To get involved contact Susan Kariv at 210-302-6968. 
The Land of Israel
A Message from Ronit Sherwin, CEO  
Ronit Sherwin pictured with Ramiro Cavasos, CEO of the SA Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
It is not often that I can write to my San Antonio community while sitting in Jerusalem.  Even more so, I am in Israel now while we read this Shabbat the Torah portion of Lech Lecha, in which God tells Abraham to "go to the land which I will show you . . . and I will make you a great nation"  - and I am sitting here now, in this great nation.  That is pretty cool for me.


I have experienced an amazing week in Israel.  Along with my partners and friends at the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Jewish Federation is proud to have worked in organizing the SA to Israel trade mission, led by Mayor Ron Nirenberg.  A group of approximately eighteen individuals, from various industries and with various roles in the city, have spent this past week learning about what makes Israel fertile ground for innovation and a strong ecosystem for fostering growth of industry and talent.  We met with start-ups, investors, city officials and others in the fields of cyber security, bio technology, higher education and more.  We also experienced the culture of Israel, learning how this young society has managed to integrate cultures, while also challenged by its diversity.   We tasted extraordinary flavors and exchanged ideas with each other along the way.  I am certain that the knowledge  gained from this trip will bear great fruits for our San Antonio community.


For me, it is all about relationships. And I now have seventeen more friends in San Antonio than I did a week ago.  I am confident that this mission will have been successful because I know that those of us on this trip have a connection with each other that is profound.  We can better work together in our own community because we are in true relationships with each other. 


The other important ingredient in progress is self-reflection.  Forward movement requires a security of self that is not afraid of what will come when one steps out of one's comfort zone.  When we can get out of our own way, then we can also see ourselves in a better light.  I know that I do that best when I am not home, and his week afforded me the time and space to think and reflect. 


Abraham did that.  He had to leave home to be able to see what lay ahead for him and for the future he was destined to fulfill.  It is no coincidence that our trade mission experienced Israel this week, the week of reading Lech Lecha.  We have all been able to step back from ourselves and gain greater insight into a brighter future for San Antonio. 


Shabbat shalom. 

Ronit Sherwin
Chief Executive Officer  
Jewish Federation of San Antonio  
San Antonio to Israel Trade Mission with Mayor Ron Nirenberg  
Members of the delegation pictured with Janvest investor Daniel Frankenstein in Tel Aviv.
Members of the delegation met with Becky Caspi, Director of the Israel Office of Jewish Federations of North America, in Jerusalem.
The Jewish Federation of San Antonio partnered with the SA Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for the SA to Israel Trade mission, led by Mayor Ron Nirenberg. Also accompanying this delegation is Councilman Roberto Trevino.

Guests may purchase a copy of Joan's newest book, King Solomon's Table HERE to bring along for the author to sign!
Please Note: Guests are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for the San Antonio Food Bank to the event!