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From the CEO

I am sorry

Posted on September 14, 2018

I am sorry for the sins we have committed against you this past year by: being too aggressive with our solicitations. bothering you too often, with our recruiting. sending you too many e-mails. spelling your name incorrectly. missing you on the honor roll. allowing you to feel marginalized. not supporting your organization enough. not being Continue Reading »

What I’m Reading

Posted on September 7, 2018

A list of current articles Rob is reading

You’ll thank me later

Posted on August 31, 2018

I know that it’s not on your radar yet. Your child or grandchild is just starting kindergarten (or walking or nursery school or 2nd grade…), but in a few years, you will be looking at Israel programs together.   Your child will have many Israel choices: Federation’s teen mission (next one in February), a summer Continue Reading »

Back to School

Posted on August 24, 2018

I am not a fan of the warm weather. In fact, if not for the beach and a little golf, I would be fine eliminating the entire summer season. The weather change alone would be a compelling enough reason for autumn to be my favorite season, but I also happen to love the upcoming Jewish Continue Reading »

Holocaust Memorial – another update

Posted on August 17, 2018

My last update, back in June, brought everyone up-to-speed on Federation’s role in Jewish community consensus building on the proposed Holocaust Memorial on the land very generously offered by Bishop Scharfenberger on behalf of the Catholic Church. Please see here for that update. The Capital District Jewish Holocaust Memorial LLC (CDJHM) formed to bring a Continue Reading »

Thank you Jewish Agency

Posted on August 10, 2018

“A major escalation began yesterday at Israel’s southern border. More than 180 rockets were fired from Gaza at civilian targets in Israel’s southern border communities. Dozens of rocket sirens were sounded throughout the night, sending families running to shelters. 30 rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system and most remaining rockets landed in Continue Reading »


Posted on August 3, 2018

Anyone who has ever put on an event knows the challenges of waiting for responses. It would be great if weeks in advance we could give a nice, clean, accurate head count to the caterer. Some people immediately respond to invitations, but many others wait for a phone call the day before the event to Continue Reading »

JFK Terminal 4 – reprise

Posted on July 27, 2018

I booked my flights for my October trip to Israel yesterday. For logistical and cost reasons, I will be flying out of Newark and returning to Boston, unfortunately missing out on a visit to one of my favorite landmarks–JFK’s Terminal 4.   Three years ago, I shared the amazing experience of dropping off one of Continue Reading »

Israel – Very Complicated

Posted on July 20, 2018

Quite a busy week. If anyone else is even considering our October trip to Israel, please let me know today. The demand for hotel rooms is tremendous, so we will need to release any of our rooms not yet booked. Israel voted a controversial “Nation-State Bill” into law. Because this is hot off the press, Continue Reading »

Thai rescue

Posted on July 13, 2018

For the past couple of weeks, I have been uncharacteristically infatuated with the search and rescue of the 12 trapped teen Thai soccer players and their coach. For those of you not following the story, all 13 trapped people have now been rescued. Sadly, one of the rescuers, a Thai Navy SEAL, perished during the Continue Reading »

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