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From the CEO

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 »

What I’m Reading

Posted on July 19, 2018

A list of current articles Rob is 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 »

October in Israel

Posted on July 6, 2018

If you have never been to Israel, I recommend any of the available 10-day sight- seeing tours. You will ride in an air-conditioned bus, see major attractions, visit Holy sites, and eat great food. Our synagogues sponsor trips. Other local and national Jewish organizations sponsor trips. They are all good; foci are all a little Continue Reading »

Thank you Gail

Posted on June 29, 2018

I spent 13 years running Federation’s accounting department before moving over to the corner office. My first task as CEO, therefore, was backfilling the hole that my promotion left. Enter Gail Kendall. Before the paint dried on my new office door, Gail called me to see if there could be a part-time place for her Continue Reading »

Holocaust Memorial Update

Posted on June 22, 2018

We have been seeing quite a bit of press on the Capital District Jewish Holocaust Memorial (CDJHM) project, locally and even nationally. As the Niskayuna Town Board considers the proposal, it asked the Jewish Federation for the Jewish Community’s opinion on the project.     “THE Jewish Community’s opinion” – really? Are they not familiar with Continue Reading »

Situation Update from our Jewish Federations of North America’s Israel Office

Posted on June 15, 2018

Our Israel office has prepared this short update on the phenomenon of “kite arson” from Gaza.  This new tactic emerged two months ago, and is becoming an increasingly serious problem for Israel, even as responses to the problem are evolving. The low-tech, low-risk attacks are launched by Palestinians deep in the Gaza Strip, and can Continue Reading »

Pride for Israel

Posted on June 8, 2018

Back when I was in public accounting, I had a client who said to me one day, “Rob, I want you to know, I’m gay.” I very matter-of-factly responded, “ok – thanks for sharing.” “That’s it?” she asked. “Don’t you have any prejudices?” “Well,” I replied, “I have very little tolerance for intolerant people.” I’m Continue Reading »

Personal report from Eshkol

Posted on June 1, 2018

Earlier this week I shared prepared remarks from JFNA on the happenings in Israel. I now send unedited remarks from Tal Klamer, our on the ground liaison in Eshkol. English is not Tal’s first language, but rather than edit her remarks, I wanted you to have the full flavor of her experiences.  Hi all I Continue Reading »

Solidarity with Israel

Posted on May 29, 2018

If you follow left-wing media, you understand Israel to be an imperialistic aggressor who uses unnecessary force to murder innocent Gazans. If you prefer the right-wing media, you understand the myth of “peaceful demonstrations” and Israel’s need to defend her borders and her citizens from a terrorist regime, which sacrifices its own citizens to erase Continue Reading »

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