From the Desk of the Federation Executive Director: With Gratitude 12/29/23

By Shelley Hubal

I recently read a short article by Jacklin Kwan on the web magazine Live Science. The article details the findings of researchers studying the sprouts that Redwood trees grew after a devastating 2020 fire swept through the Big Basin Redwood State Park in California.

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The Israel-Hamas War: Susan Estrich and the American home front

By Bill Simons

As the Israel-Hamas War rages in the Mideast, the battle for public opinion is fiercely contested in the Western democracies, notably in the United States. Thus far, three stages of media coverage have emerged and overlapped. Initially, the October 7 Sabbath morning surprise …

In My Own Words: My cultural ignorance

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

I admit it: I am not hip or in tune with current times. Actually, I’ve never been, but it’s gotten worse. When reading novels about contemporary teens, I’ve had to do online searches for photos of actors/singers who are used to describe a character’s looks.…

From the Desk of the Federation Executive Director: With Gratitude 12/1/23

By Shelley Hubal

“From a place of deep pain we hold strong for you, Omer. We speak in your name tirelessly, we hope and we pray and we act, and I want to believe that our prayers and actions have power. “ – Orna Neutra, mother of Omer Neutra, one of the 240 hostages held by Hamas.

In My Own Words: Keep the lights burning

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

After a depressing Hanukkah during the first year of the pandemic, I worked hard to make certain I had a good holiday in 2021 and ‘22. That included getting presents all eight nights (something that never happened when I was a kid) and lighting all my menorahs th…