Year-End Potpourri

I’m very sad to share that our dear friend Judih Weinstein Haggai, assumed to be one of the hostages in Gaza, was confirmed dead yesterday. Out for a walk on the fateful morning of October 7, Judi and her husband, Gadi, were both mortally wounded by Hamas terrorists and their bodies were taken to Gaza.
From our Partnership director in Eshkol:
“Yesterday we were informed of the murder of our beloved Judih.
Judih was dedicated to leading the youth programs and delegations of Eshkol and Albany. She was committed to this mission and did it voluntarily and with huge love for the kids, for their families and for the importance of the connection of the Jewish people.
I'm sure she touched each and every one of you with her huge passion.
To her memory, you may upload photos with Judih to this link and also invite the people from the federation who knew her, to do so.”
May their memories always be for a blessing.
As so many people have requested, we are working on a solidarity mission to Israel for the week of February 11 - February 18. For now, save the dates, and we should have information out in the next week or two. This will not be a touring trip, rather an opportunity to visit with and support our friends, learn, witness, and volunteer. We plan to refresh with a meaningful Shabbat experience in Jerusalem before returning home.
And speaking of travel, I’m pleased to report that two young men from our community were selected to represent the United States in this week’s Pan American Maccabi games in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Mazel tov to Joshua Marx (tennis) and Yair Sasson (swimming). We wish them every success.
Finally, if you happen to be getting on Route 890 eastbound from downtown Schenectady, check out Federation’s billboard—promoting blue square, light, and dispelling antisemitism.