Statue of Anne Frank in Amsterdam, Netherlands
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CEO message to the community


"How good and how pleasant it is for people to dwell together as a community, one in which we support and care for one another."
~ Psalm 133:1
Friend!

Good morning. I attended a prayer service early Monday morning for a community leader and friend at Congregation Beth Shalom. Rabbi Beals led a meaningful service with attendees representing our area synagogues and beneficiary agencies. We read Psalm 133:1 above and found it appropriate to include in this week's message. We come together in good times as well as in times of need - this is the Delaware way.

Tuesday marked the 74th anniversary of Anne Frank's death who was taken from us on March 12, 1945. “ It’s difficult in times like these: ideals, dreams and cherished hopes rise within us, only to be crushed by grim reality. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart... How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world ...” ~ Anne Frank, OBM

On Wednesday, Senior Vice President/Financial Resource Development, Wendy Berger, attended opening night of the Rehoboth Beach Jewish Film Festival that will run through Sunday, March 17, presented by the Rehoboth Beach Film Society in partnership with the Seaside Jewish Community. Federation has proudly sponsored this annual festival the past three years and will be introducing a Federation Encore! Series between March 31-April 2, screening three of the festival films in the Siegel JCC auditorium.

PJ Library in collaboration with Einstein Day celebrated Pi day on Thursday morning by throwing a birthday bash for Albert Einstein. In the evening, Federation's Board of Directors met to provide ongoing governance, guidance and counsel to our operations.

We welcome home Federation Past-President and JFNA National Campaign Chair, Suzanne Grant, who returned from the King David Society Mission to India this week. The mission included 190 attendees representing communities throughout North America.

We Grow Stronger TOGETHER.

Shabbat Shalom ,
Seth J. Katzen
Chief Executive Officer
 
On April 9, Israelis will go to the polls to decide their political future. What are the key issues, who are the main players and what will the results mean for Israel? Join The Jewish Federations of North America and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs for a conversation with two top Israeli journalists about these issues and more.
Israeli Elections 2019: Polls, Projections, and Predictions with Haviv Rettig Gur, Israeli Journalist & Political Correspondent, The Times of Israel

Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 1:00 PM ET
Rettig Gur will present an overview of the upcoming Israeli elections for us, explaining what has taken place and what we can expect. He will analyze the various alliances that have been formed and how they will affect the outcome. He will also try to answer the ultimate question: Will Netanyahu remain in power, and what kind of governing coalition will emerge?  Register for the April 2 Briefing
And the Results Are In! Outcomes and Analysis of the Israeli National Election
with Lahav Harkov, Senior Contributing Editor, The Jerusalem Post
Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 2:00 PM ET
Harkov will review and analyze the results of the Israeli elections just as the final results come in. She will help us understand who are the big winners – and the big losers – and what kind of government is likely to now be formed. And ultimately, she will try to help us predict what this means for the future of Israel.  Register for the April 10 Briefing
News and Commentary
SYRIA VOWS TO ATTACK ISRAEL UNLESS IT WITHDRAWS FROM THE GOLAN HEIGHTS
Hagay Hacohen
US ACCUSES PALESTINIANS OF MANUFACTURING CRISIS OVER ISRAEL'S DECISION TO DEDUCT PAYMENTS TO TERRORISTS
Adam Kredo
THE FALSE EQUIVALENCE BETWEEN "ISLAMAPHOBIA" AND ANTI-SEMITISM
Douglas Murray
ABBAS APPOINTS NEW PRIME MINISTER; HAMAS WON'T RECOGNIZE NEW PA GOVERNMENT
Abu Khaled Toameh
More News from Around the World
1 THE MYTH OF THE PRO-ISRAEL LOBBY
Steve Israel

2 THE PURSUIT OF MEANING
Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

3 FORMER ISRAELI DEFENSE MINISTER: ISRAELI-ARAB CONFLICT OVER
Herb Keinon

4 UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL REPORT ON ISRAEL'S RESPONSE TO THE GAZA BORDER RIOTS
Amb. Alan Baker

5 WHAT ABOUT "THE BENJAMINS" COMING FROM THE GULF STATES
Barbara Boland

5 THE MIDDLE EAST'S GREAT DIVIDE IS NOT SUNNI-SHIITE
Hussein Agha and Robert Malley

6 THE FAILURE OF PALESTINIAN NATIONALISM
Dr. Alex Joffe

7 THE PALESTINIANS DON'T HAVE "A VETO ON PROGRESS"
Lahav Harkov
Upcoming Federation Events

Rehoboth Beach Jewish Film Festival
MARCH 13th-17th

Jewish Federation of Delaware will once again be the Premiere Sponsor of the 2019 Rehoboth Beach Jewish Film Festival. Click here to view trailers of the twelve films that will be screened during the festival.

We are also pleased to be collaborating with the Rehoboth Beach Film Society to present the Rehoboth Beach Jewish Film Festival Federation Encore! Series from March 31st-April 2nd, screening three films at the Siegel JCC.

Rehoboth Beach Jewish Film Festival Federation Encore! Series
MARCH 31st - APRIL 2nd
Siegel JCC Auditorium

Jewish Federation of Delaware, in collaboration with the Rehoboth Beach Film Society, is pleased to present our inaugural Rehoboth Beach Jewish Film Festival Federation Encore! Series. Building upon the success of this annual down state event, we will be bringing three of the select films to New Castle County for special screenings.
Cost: $5 per movie or $12 for the 3 movie package.

Sunday, March 31 @6PM: The Samuel Project - ShalomDelaware.org/Film1
Monday, April 1 @7PM: Shelter - ShalomDelaware.org/Film2
Tuesday, April 2 @7PM: The Cousin - ShalomDelaware.org/Film3

FED Talk
APRIL 9th AT 8:30 AM
Jewish Federation of Delaware Boardroom • Free to the public

Idith Schaham is a practicing attorney who specializes in personal status (mediation) and women's rights. Bagels and coffee will be served.

Film Screening Ben Gurion Epilogue
APRIL 14th AT 3:00 PM
Siegel JCC Auditorium

3:00 PM "A Taste of Israel" Reception and 4:00 PM film screening. RSVP by Wednesday, April 10th to the AABGU office: (215)884-4510 or winickc@aabgu.org . Click Here to see the movie trailer.

Business Professionals Event
APRIL 15th AT 8 AM
Siegel JCC Auditorium • $18/person by April 1, $25/after

A great opportunity to network with professionals engaged as philanthropists and leaders in our community. Continental breakfast provided. More Information: Wendy Berger at Wendy@shalomdel.org or (302)427-2100
Upcoming Community
Events and Programs
Parsha and Pizza

Wednesday Evenings 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Adas Kodesch Shel Emeth

Open to the entire community. Enjoy pizza with interactive parsha discussion.
Siegel JCC Pour em' Purim Party

MARCH 16th at 6:45 PM
Wilmington Brew Works

There will be food trucks for those who want to buy dinner, plenty of beer options to purchase for everyone's Pour 'Em needs, and a DJ! We will supply some light snacks - hamentashen included! Costumes are not required but are definitely encouraged. There just may be some prizes for those who are all in! Registration  is required, but there is no fee - just so we can get a head count.
Siegel JCC Mini Masquerade for grades K-5

MARCH 16th 6:30 - 9:00 PM
Siegel JCC

Rock on at the Mini Masquerade! Ice Cream Bar, Dance Contest, Entertainment by Hot! Hot! Hot!, Costume Parade. Cost: $20/Members, $30/Non-members.
UD Hillel Israeli Film Festival: Fill the Void

MARCH 18th at 7 PM
Kirkbridge 006, University of Delaware

Featured Film: Fill The Void. Shira, a young woman living in an ultra-orthodox enclave in Tel Aviv, has to choose: which man will she marry? The question forces her to weigh the claims of family loyalty, religious duty and her own desires. Next feature film dates are Monday, 4/8 and Monday, 4/29. For more information click here .
C Teen Purim On The Red Carpet

MARCH 20th at 7:00-9:00 PM
Leaving from AJCC at 6 PM
Purim Seudah

MARCH 21ST at 12 PM
Adas Kodesch Shel Emeth with Congregation Beth Shalom

With a study of Megilat Esther. FREE pizza! Please RSVP to AKSE Office by Monday, 3/18. Office@AKSE.org or 302-762-2705. This event will take place at the Congregation Beth Shalom building in Wilmington.
Purim in Outer Space

MARCH 21st at 5:00 PM
Chabad of Delaware

Megillah Blast-off - Ha-Moon-Tashen - Cosmic Buffet Dinner - Open Galaxy Bar - Moon Walk Masquerade - Live Music - Amazing Atmosphere - Star-studded Live Entertainment
OUTTA THIS WORLD FUN FOR ADULTS AND KIDS! Prepaid by Monday, March 11: $20/Adult, $12/Child, $70/Family of 2 Adults and 3+ Children Paid After Monday, March 11: $25/Adult, $15/Child, $85/Family of 2 Adults and 3+ Children. Sponsorship: $120
Lion King Character Breakfast

MARCH 24th at 9 - 11 AM
Siegel JCC

Bring your family to the J for breakfast, schmoozing, and fun! Cast members from Albert Einstein Academy's play The Lion King will be sure to mingle and entertain! Dress up as your favorite character and enjoy the morning with a smile. This event is FREE for members ($5 for non-members), but reservations are required.
Purim Carnival

MARCH 24th at 9 AM - NOON
Congregation Beth Emeth

There will be lots of food and games. Fun for the entire family. You can also sign up to be a Purim Carnival Sponsor. Tickets: $5 = 10 Tickets; $10 = 25 Tickets; $18 = 50 Tickets. Tickets are good for games and food! $25 = Child Wristband *does not include food, photo booth or bounce house. $15 = Adult Wristband *includes access to Palace Lounge.
Einstein's The Lion King Kids

MARCH 27th at 10:00 AM | MARCH 28th at 7:00 PM | MARCH 31st at 2:00 PM
Siegel JCC Auditorium

Eintstein's 2019 Drama Club Production. Open to the public. For more info, call (302)478-5026 or visit EinsteinDay.org
Music Concert

MARCH 31ST at 3:00 PM
Congregation Beth Shalom

Concert is free and open to the public. Please register by calling (302)654-4462. Sponsorship's available for $90 and $180.
JFS' 120th Birthday Bash

APRIL 6th at 8:00-11:00 PM
The Gables at Chaddsford

RSVP by March 22nd.
Community Seders

APRIL 19TH & 20TH at 8 PM
Adas Kodesch Shel Emeth

Enjoy an inspiring seder and complete catered meal, including wine. Cost per meal: Adults, $44; Children 6-12, $20; Children 5 and under are FREE. Registration with payment due by April 5th online or through the AKSE Office, 302-762-2705 or office@AKSE.org These seders will take place at the Congregation Beth Shalom building in Wilmington.
Second Night Seder

APRIL 20TH at 5:30 PM
Beth Emeth

Make your reservations now! Dinner is $10.00 per person for CBE members; $15 person for non-members. Children under 5 are FREE. We will be hosting a traditional Seder menu with matzo ball soup, gefilte fish, main course, dessert and beverages.  https://www.bethemethde.org/event/congregational-seder.html or contact Lori by emailing her at lwyzga@bethemethde.org or call the office at 302-764-2393.

Today, Tomorrow, and TOGETHER
Federation Strengthens Community
TODAY... 
The Annual Campaign

  • Addresses the most pressing needs
  • Feeds the hungry
  • Helps the unemployed
  • Supports families with special needs
  • Funds Jewish education


Wendy Berger
Senior Philanthropy Director 302.427.2100 or  Wendy@ShalomDel.org.
TOMORROW...
Create A Jewish Legacy

  • A legacy allows individuals and families to support the Jewish causes they care so deeply about.
  • An endowment ensures that tomorrow's needs will be met through perpetual funding.

To learn more about
Creating A Jewish Legacy.

Shari Dym
CJL Program Manager
302.427.2100 or  Shari@ShalomDel.org.
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