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From the CEO

We are special

Posted on May 26, 2017

Our community embraces Jewish pluralism. As a Jewish professional, I can tell you that our reality is quite special and, unfortunately, somewhat unique in the Jewish world. Locally, we often talk about our uniqueness, and I have written about it a few times over the years. However, this week I received some corroboration from a Continue Reading »

What I’m Reading

Posted on May 19, 2017

A list of current articles Rob is reading

Annual Meetings

Posted on May 15, 2017

Annual meeting season is upon us. Board elections–awards–keynote speakers–reports–cookies. Most Jewish organizations have similar formats. As community members, we want to support our Federation, our synagogues, and our agencies.  We want to support our friends and family members who are being honored. We want to hear about things going on in our Jewish community. We Continue Reading »

A couple of differences

Posted on May 8, 2017

Israel and America are both first-world democracies whose citizens share many of the same values. Moreover, as Jews we also share much of the same history and culture. I often write about my comfort in visiting Israelis and how easy it is for me to graciously accept home hospitality whenever I visit. Likewise, I enjoy Continue Reading »

Maccabi is Coming! Are You Ready?

Posted on May 1, 2017

My son Levi played basketball in the 2014 Cherry Hill Maccabi Games and my daughter Bina danced in the 2015 Games in Dallas.  It was a great experience for both of them–they made new friends, tested the waters of independence with a week away from home and, last but certainly not least, tried their hands Continue Reading »

HIAS – update

Posted on April 21, 2017

Back in February, I wrote about the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), one of the many organizations supported by our Federation dollars.  “HIAS works around the world to protect refugees who have been forced to flee their homelands because of who they are, including ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities.  For more than 130 years, HIAS Continue Reading »

Without fanfare

Posted on April 19, 2017

“My degree is in accounting.” This is my standard response when I’m asked a question in a field that I know little about, like medicine, engineering, education, or psychology.    Nevertheless, accounting is actually a useful, if not underappreciated, degree.  Most think of us as only tax preparers.  I like to think of us as storytellers, Continue Reading »

Universal Judaism

Posted on April 10, 2017

“Plans for Sukkot second-day lunch?” “How is your family celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut this year?” “Which of the Mitzvah Day activities are you signed up for?” Depending on your Jewish circle, each of these questions could be answered either matter-of-factly or with a totally blank stare.  The fact is that we are an incredibly diverse people, Continue Reading »

Get Involved!

Posted on March 24, 2017

We all have interests, but we do not all have the same interests. Fortunately, as you can see from the long list below, our local Jewish community offers a wide variety of programs, allowing all of us to find some way of connecting to the Jewish community.  In an effort to diversify our programming, Federation Continue Reading »

What’s in it for Federation?

Posted on March 20, 2017

You know that I am a huge fan of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF).  They are the founders and primary funders of the PJ Library program, and we have collaborated with them for several years on this initiative.  Furthermore, many in our community are beneficiaries of their generosity through their JCamp180 initiative.  Last night we Continue Reading »

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