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From the CEO

My eyes glaze over (MEGO)

Posted on May 11, 2018

Even for most other CPAs, non-profit accounting is boring. I am a little unique, I guess. Just the thought of a temporarily restricted net asset and the adrenalin starts flowing. However, to someone who is not a CPA, the only thing worse than non-profit accounting is listening to a CPA talk about non-profit accounting.     Continue Reading »

What I’m Reading

Posted on May 11, 2018

A list of current articles Rob is reading

May her memory be for a blessing

Posted on April 27, 2018

Romi Cohen of Maor, near Hadera (Israel), was one of ten students killed in a flash flood during a school trip earlier this week.   Romi was a 2016 particpant in Givat Haviva‘s program “Through Others’ Eyes.” The program brings together Israeli Arab and Jewish teenagers. As part of the program, she visited us to bring the message Continue Reading »

The mechitza – mea culpa

Posted on April 23, 2018

Stephen M.R. Covey wrote, “We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their behavior.”   With the absolute best of intentions, we planned for a special and festive evening service at our Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration on Wednesday. We recognized the spectrum of Jewish thought in our community, and our desire was to be as Continue Reading »

Student Engagement

Posted on April 13, 2018

My wife, Ilana, son Dov, and I were in the Passover aisle of Price Chopper a few days before the holiday when we happened upon a young woman, wearing an RPI sweatshirt, lost among the plethora of matzah-ball mix choices. She was on the phone with her mother who was trying to assist her. Ilana Continue Reading »

Israel @ 70

Posted on April 5, 2018

Please watch this 2:48 video by Chloe Valdary. In this brief video, Chloe talks about her love of Jews (even though she is not one) and her love of Israel. She is a millennial and she speaks like one. Her videos are incredibly entertaining, and she advocates against anti-Semitism and anti-Israel.   In addition to the several Continue Reading »

Who? He said what?

Posted on March 23, 2018

If I were a contestant on Jeopardy and the final Jeopardy answer was, “Author of the March 18, 2018, op-ed in the New York Times titled ‘Israel’s Self-Inflicted Wounds‘, I would have bet all of my money on the question, “Who is Jeremy Ben-Ami?”   I can hear Alex saying, “Sorry, Rob, the correct question is Continue Reading »

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 »

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 »

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