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Party in Israel

Posted on January 12, 2018

A very big thank you to my sister-in-law and her family for hosting a few of my family members and friends in her home in Israel last Shabbat.  One family friend (daughter of a Federation board member) is in Israel for a couple of months with the Alexander Muss High School in Israel program. The Continue Reading »

What I’m Reading

Posted on January 12, 2018

A list of current articles Rob is reading


Posted on January 5, 2018

I have a confession.   I am a fan of Howard Stern. In fact, I have been one for more than 30 years.   Stern is a shock-jock. He is rude, vulgar, and profane. Sometimes I have to turn him off. And yet, I find him to be so incredibly clever with a surprisingly complex Continue Reading »

Last-minute thoughts for the year-end

Posted on December 27, 2017

By now, you likely have been reading all kinds of year-end tax advice as we prepare for the new tax law to go into effect next week.   Our governor sent out an e-mail last weekend letting taxpayers know that he has signed an emergency Executive Order allowing New Yorkers to pre-pay next year’s property Continue Reading »


Posted on December 27, 2017

Federation’s December board meeting is my favorite. That’s the meeting when the board votes on the allocations for the upcoming year. The allocations committee has been reviewing applications, meeting with agencies, studying budgets, and wrestling with priorities in order to divvy up the funds that we have all generously donated to make our Jewish community Continue Reading »

What’s up with Jerusalem?

Posted on December 18, 2017

I’ve been fielding calls for the past week and a half on President Trump’s December 6 action on Jerusalem. People are asking what exactly happened and how does it affect us. In October 1995, Congress said that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and the U.S. Embassy should move there by May 31, 1999. Every Continue Reading »

Risk & Preparation

Posted on December 8, 2017

An article appeared in yesterday’s Daily Gazette discussing whether people should worry about traveling to Israel now, given the Palestinian calls for violence in the face of President Trump’s declarations this week.   I applaud Rabbi Matt Cutler’s response that he would go tomorrow.   I have written extensively about my own trips to Israel Continue Reading »

Thank you, Dan

Posted on December 1, 2017

August 14, 1993 — First Shabbat morning walking to shul with my new bride.  A man came up behind us, started chatting, and welcomed us to the community.  Fifteen minutes later, I was volunteering for a new young-adult committee.  This was my first introduction to Dan Flax, and I’m sure that there are scores of Continue Reading »

Maccabi Reunion

Posted on November 17, 2017

About a year ago, a friend in Boca (formerly in Albany) called my wife to see if we could host two athletes (Sam and Max) from her synagogue during the Maccabi Games this past summer. We were of course delighted to have them.   My family was in Florida last week for a family wedding Continue Reading »

Well Managed – part II

Posted on November 3, 2017

A couple of weeks ago, I shared a “small world” story involving my daughter in Israel.  I am going to top it this week with story about my daughter in California.  A family most recently from Cleveland moved to a small town in Vermont for a job opportunity.  The family ended up in my synagogue Continue Reading »

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