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From the Desk of the Federation Executive Director: With gratitude 9/11/20

By Shelley Hubal

I have a quote on my fridge. Written on what is now an old, stained sticky note, it has been there for years. I heard it during a podcast, scribbled it down and impulsively stuck it up. I have looked at these words countless times over the years, taking direction from them.…

In My Own Words:Statute of limitations and the High Holidays

by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

A 19-year-old Jewish college student dropped out of a state house race after admitting to harassing female students when he was in middle school. A non-Jewish doctor was fired from two training programs and her medical training certificate was revoked because of ant…

From the Desk of the Federation Executive Director: With gratitude 8/28/20

There are many reasons and ways to cultivate gratitude in one’s life. These last several months, I have been working to create more moments when my attention is fully focused on the present. In the unfiltered, present moment, gratitude comes easily. However, this is a challenge for a busy …

In My Own Words: The summer of 2020 by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

The title of the article was not meant to be ironic. At the time the magazine was written (usually six months before it appears), it was still possible to imagine we could have “(the) Best Summer Yet.” The article asked readers to list answers to the following: “it wouldn’t be summer…

In My Own Words: Red or Blue, all are American by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

When a natural disaster occurs in the United States and I receive a request for help, I don’t ask for specifics about whose lives are in danger. It doesn’t matter their age, skin color, ethnicity, religion or political viewpoints. Americans reach out and give each other a helping hand. I…