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3 Important Updates: Gaza, LA Wildfires, Thursday’s Breakfast Cancelled

Posted on November 13, 2018

1.    Gaza Updates: ·     Update from the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) ·     Update from the Jewish Agency ·     Update from Eshkol 2.    LA Wildfires – update from Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles 3.    Thursday morning’s breakfast has been cancelled. Unfortunately, our speaker had to return to Israel unexpectedly. We hope that all is well and that we Continue Reading »

I love breakfast

Posted on November 9, 2018

Federation offers a variety of interesting programs throughout the year. We engage committees to look through bios of available speakers and, typically, fill our calendar months and often years in advance. On the one hand, this approach gets people involved and keeps us from the stress of last-minute bookings. On the other hand, we give Continue Reading »

What I’m Reading

Posted on November 9, 2018

A list of current articles Rob is reading

Pittsburgh: So now what? A message from our President & CEO

Posted on November 1, 2018

In 2007, my wife and I brought our five kids to Israel for their first time. Upon entering a shopping mall, we stood in a line to walk through a metal detector and to show our bags to a security guard. One of my confused young kids asked, “Why are they looking for shoplifters on Continue Reading »

Go Vikings!

Posted on October 26, 2018

Sunday night I became a Vikings fan. Actually, to be more accurate, I became a fan of the owner of the Vikings, Mark Wilf. Mark was elected as the new chair of the Jewish Federations of North America, and on Sunday evening he delivered an incredibly powerful speech in Tel Aviv, kicking off the festivities Continue Reading »

Not a snow day in Eshkol

Posted on October 19, 2018

We had an amazing day in Eshkol on Tuesday.   And then, early Wednesday morning a rocket from Gaza landed on a home in Be’er Sheva. We woke up to the retaliation of the Israel Air Force against targets in Gaza.   The head of security for the region was concerned that the situation could Continue Reading »

Diversity & Collaboration: Happy Sukkot

Posted on September 21, 2018

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 Continue Reading »

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 »

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 »

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