Opinion

Holocaust remembrance: “Go live for us”

By Bill Simons

It is Sunday, May 5 – 27 Nisan 5784 on the Hebrew calendar – and I am at Temple Emanu-El, located at 1 East 65th St., on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, to observe Yom Hashoah. One of the largest synagogues in the world, the main sanctuary of this venerable Reform templ…

In My Own Words: Zionists and anti-Zionists

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, Zionism is defined as “an international movement originally for the establishment of a Jewish national or religious community in Palestine and later for the support of modern Israel.” I am a Zionist because I believe …

Passover: After the eighth day

By Bill Simons

“In every generation, each Jew should regard himself as though he too were brought out of Egypt. Not our fathers alone, but us also, did the Holy One redeem; for not alone in Egypt. Not our fathers alone, but us also, did the Holy One redeem; for not alone is Egypt but in m…

In My Own Words: Meandering thoughts about...

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

Antisemitism and Jesus. Yes, I know some of you are shaking your heads, but a question about that connection was recently raised in Congress. (More on that in the next paragraph.) Antisemitism is a hot topic in the Jewish community, so much so that the larger commun…

From the Desk of the Federation Executive Director: With Gratitude 5/17/24

By Shelley Hubal

It’s like getting punched in the gut. Every time I tune into the news, my stomach drops. I’m sure I don’t need to explain why current events are so painful, but I do want to share some of what I have been thinking about regarding the war in Israel and the unrest in th…