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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 »

What I’m Reading

Posted on November 17, 2017

A list of current articles Rob is 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 »

Well Managed

Posted on October 20, 2017

One of my daughters is studying in Israel for a semester abroad. This week she played Jewish Geography with a study partner from Boston and learned that his mother and I were classmates at the Hebrew Academy.  The expression is “it’s a small world.” I prefer the idea that the world is large, but for Continue Reading »

Semi-Annual Soap Box

Posted on October 11, 2017

At this point, everyone should know how I feel about Simchat Torah and Purim. They are my two favorite holidays. I firmly believe that if our community leaders emphasized that on those two days every Jew should be in synagogue and every school district exempted Jewish students from exams and homework, our entire American Jewish Continue Reading »

Repentance, prayer, and charity avert the severe decree.

Posted on September 29, 2017

“Written on Rosh Hashanah and sealed on Yom Kippur … but repentance, prayer, and charity avert the severe decree.” Prayer: check. Charity: check. Repentance: On behalf of Jewish Federation, I’m sorry: if we were a little too aggressive when we solicited you for a campaign gift. if we called you too many times to invite Continue Reading »

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 »

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 »

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