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From the CEO

Coincidence?

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 »

What I’m Reading

Posted on July 17, 2017

A list of current articles Rob is 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 »

Important news

Posted on July 3, 2017

Two votes by the Israeli government had a very significant impact on American Jewry this week.  In short: The first vote freezes the Kotel Resolution approved in January 2016. The 2016 resolution was a historic agreement negotiated by the Reform and Conservative movements, Jewish Federations, Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), Women of the Wall, the Continue Reading »

Welcome

Posted on June 26, 2017

I stand at the front door at all of our events to welcome guests. Sure, I hear a variety of comments: “Congratulations, I see that you’ve been promoted to doorman.” “Are you the greeter or the bouncer?” “If things don’t work out for you here, I hear that Disney World is always looking for qualified Continue Reading »

Six Day War – My personal reflections

Posted on June 12, 2017

The Six Day War–I remember it like it happened just 50 years ago.  I have to say that I was not the community-minded Zionist that I am today, and 50 years ago, I was completely absorbed with my own life. In fact, when the Six Day War broke out on June 5, 1967, my mother Continue Reading »

My people

Posted on June 2, 2017

Shavuot–the best kept secret on the Jewish calendar. The holiday is up there with Sukkot and Passover, but without all of the work of building a sukkah and cleaning the house. Aside from the customary eating of the blintzes, one of my favorite parts of the holiday is the reading of Megilat Ruth.  On Shavuot Continue Reading »

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 »

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 »

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