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Harold has done it again.

Posted on March 16, 2018

A young woman in our community was born Jewish, but had no affiliation with Judaism or the Jewish community. Then her child received the first of his monthly PJ Library books. Then she started bringing her child to a weekly PJ Library program. Now she is an active member of her synagogue. This is a Continue Reading »

What I’m Reading

Posted on March 16, 2018

A list of current articles Rob is reading

Purim in Passaic

Posted on March 2, 2018

I have been plugging Purim as one of my two favorite holidays for a few years. Unfortunately, with the world tragedies that I have been discussing in this weekly writing, I did not get the chance to plug this past week’s festivities. I hope that everyone had the opportunity to enjoy somewhere. I had a Continue Reading »

Houston Fly-In

Posted on February 23, 2018

Hurricane Harvey decimated Houston this past August. As floodwaters filled lower levels, residents climbed to second floors bringing whatever they could carry.  Most then had to be rescued from the upper floors. People lost power and all of their remaining first-floor belongings.    The first floor of the JCC has been reduced to the cinderblock after Continue Reading »

May their memories be for a blessing

Posted on February 16, 2018

The funeral for Alyssa Miriam Alhadeff, z’l, will take place Friday at 10 AM at Star of David in Ft. Lauderdale. Alyssa was a skilled soccer player, a member of Parkland Travel Soccer, and a camper at the URJ’s Camp Coleman in Georgia.   The funeral for Meadow Pollack, z’l, will take place Friday at Continue Reading »

Kotel – Update

Posted on February 9, 2018

After a few months of frustrating inactivity on the Kotel situation, vis-à-vis egalitarian prayer section, I finally have a little news to share, and as with most news, it is controversial.   As you likely remember, the Israeli government had a deal in January 2016 to (1) expand and enhance the non-Orthodox prayer section of the Continue Reading »

Super Sunday

Posted on January 26, 2018

“Thank you for your visits with my mother over the past few months.  I know that they meant so much to her.”  — A grieving daughter to a Jewish Federation chaplain at her mother’s shiva. “Thank you so much for making this trip to Israel available to my child.” — A parent of Jewish Federation Continue Reading »

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 »


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 »

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