Today is December 12, 2018 -

Diversity & Collaboration: Happy Sukkot

A few months back, I received an interesting request from the Capital District YMCA. “We have a new initiative of introducing our members to diversity, and we’d like to work with the Jewish community on a project.”
 
“Politically, I need to check with the JCC, because there is at least a perceived competition between the Y and the J, but if they are on board, I’m on board.”
 
So, after months of planning, the Jewish Federation and Albany JCC are partnering with the Capital YMCA to introduce its members to our beautiful holiday of Sukkot. We now have a brand new sukkah built in the parking lot of the North Greenbush YMCA, and everyone is invited there for a kosher barbeque dinner this Wednesday night.
 
While this collaboration with the YMCA is new for our Federation, our Community Relations department has been in the relationship-building business for a long time. Earlier this year, in partnership with Temple Israel and the Turkish Cultural Center, we hosted a joint Iftar/Shabbat dinner. I’ve shared that the Vatican considers our Jewish-Catholic Dialogue to be one of the best in the U.S. While I am writing this article, our regular Interfaith Committee meeting is taking place in our conference room.
 
Relationships require an investment of time and hard work. We’re doing the work.
 
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