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In My Own Words: The first months by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

I suddenly realized that I hadn’t written anything about President Joe Biden since he’s taken office. That’s not because I agree with everything he’s done. I’m reserving judgment on some of his policies, particularly as they reference Israel and the Middle East. I do like the fact …

From the Desk of the Federation Executive Director: With gratitude 4/9/21

I have been walking circles around the inside of my house for months now. If you were to peek in the window, you would see what looks like a crazy person, walking around and around the living room furniture. This ritual started in December. COVID made going to the gym impossible and it was, …

In My Own Words: Viewing immigration from the other side

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

The political debates about immigration continue and it’s unlikely the issue will ever be completely resolved – if only because each generation of Americans faces a different set of circumstances. What we rarely talk about during these debates is what these immi…

In My Own Words: Idealistic vs. realistic politics by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

The last time I wholeheartedly admired a politician was Robert F. Kennedy in 1968. That’s one reason I’ve never read any books about him: I don’t want to know anything that might tarnish his image in my mind. From that time on, I’ve admired people’s actions, but never expected them…

In My Own Words: Preparing for a pandemic Passover by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

My plans for the holiday were set before Purim last year. Then, of course, the pandemic hit and guests were uninvited as seders became limited to those living in the same household. I did have an option to attend a Zoom seder, but, after thinking about it, I decided to keep my Shabbat/chagim…