From the CEO

Bourekas and blintzes and cheesecake, oh my

The Torah commands our celebration of three festivals each year that correspond with three harvest seasons. During the time of the Temple, we were to make pilgrimages to Jerusalem to offer gifts to God. Without the Holy Temple, our celebrations look different today, but Passover, Shavuot, an…

All in Favor…

The nonprofit world has a certain rhythm to it. We’re wrapping up chicken dinner season and moving into annual meeting season. The season is filled with “years in review”, awards, nominations, elections, and bylaw changes. Unlike the chicken dinner, there is no fundraising and there is…

May their memories be for a blessing

Our Gregorian calendar adds a leap day every four years, except during century years not evenly divisible by 400. We do this to keep our seasonal years aligned with the astronomical year of approximately 365.24219 days. Without this leap day, we might be shoveling snow on Independence Day as…

Team-Ups

Monday night we hosted a fantastic Yom Ha’Atzmaut program. Many thanks to our event partners State of Israel Bonds and the Capital District Board of Rabbis and Cantors.
 
As I’m sure you are aware, I am a huge fan of collaborations. In the comic book world (I collect them), we call co…

JFNA statement

I rarely, if ever, publicly share my political views, and I never take a political position on behalf of the Jewish Federation of Northeastern NY. I do, of course, regularly share that Jewish Federation and I are unapologetic Zionists, but I refuse to accept that this is a political statemen…