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From the CEO

Shanah tovah

Posted on September 18, 2017

Wednesday evening begins 5778.  For today’s message, I asked available staff members to fill in the blank:  May it be a year of _______________.   So, in no particular order, from your Federation staff, may it be a year of:   Happiness, success, health, safety, peace, acceptance, strength of levies, denominational harmony, political accord, wisdom Continue Reading »

What I’m Reading

Posted on September 18, 2017

A list of current articles Rob is reading

Harvey Relief – update

Posted on September 11, 2017

Excerpts from the September 7 update by Jerry Silverman, President & CEO of The Jewish Federations of North America: The wreckage in Houston continues to reveal itself, and the realization that our community has been brutally shattered has become our new normal. Cleanup has begun in earnest in areas where it’s possible, but West Houston remains Continue Reading »

Harvey Relief

Posted on September 5, 2017

The National Weather Service tweeted that the effects associated with Tropical Storm Harvey are “unprecedented” and “unknown and beyond anything experienced.” Like the storm itself, the response to the storm has been tremendous. People want to help. In his e-mail update on Wednesday, Jerry Silverman, CEO of Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), wrote, “For Continue Reading »

Education and love

Posted on August 21, 2017

I wanted to write about my son’s first experience at Jewish overnight camp. But, then Charlottesville happened. So we joined, to stand together with Charlottesville, with ADL, the Board of Rabbis, Chabad, the Council of Churches, NAACP, Schenectady Human Rights Commission, the Sikhs, the Muslims, and a slew of other friends and issued a Statement Continue Reading »

Post-Maccabi: personal reflections

Posted on August 14, 2017

Congratulations to all involved in successfully bringing the JCC Maccabi Games to Northeastern New York. Great job JCCs, professionals, lay leaders, co-chairs, volunteers, hosts, funders, security team, medical team, counselors, coaches, and athletes. As one would expect from an undertaking of this magnitude, there were some minor issues, but they were completely overshadowed by the Continue Reading »

One inning at a time.

Posted on August 7, 2017

Last week I wrote about how our entire Jewish community is working together to bring the JCC Maccabi Games to the Capital District. The games begin on Sunday. You may still sign up to volunteer or register for opening ceremonies. So that’s it, right? We will have had enough of each other by the end Continue Reading »

Baseless love–please volunteer!

Posted on July 31, 2017

Monday night on Tisha B’Av (the 9th day of the month of Av), we commemorate the destruction of both of our Holy Temples. Our Talmudic sages determined that the second Temple was destroyed because of our sin of sinat chinam (baseless hatred). Rav Kook, pre-Israel’s first chief rabbi, wrote, “If we were destroyed, and the Continue Reading »


Posted on July 17, 2017

Last week, as I was sharing with you that P2G is my solution to the problem of the growing rift between Israeli and American Jewry, the Steering Committee of our P2G partner, Eshkol, was busy composing this beautiful letter of support to us. Coincidence? I think not. This is what our partnership is all about. Continue Reading »

Same page

Posted on July 10, 2017

During a recent trip to Israel with other Jewish Federation executive directors, I had the privilege of hearing from Yossi Klein Halevi of the Shalom Hartman Institute. He shared with us his fear that American and Israeli Jewry are not speaking the same language and his prediction that the situation is getting worse.  We are Continue Reading »

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