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From the Desk of the Federation Executive Director: With Gratitude 1/27/23

By Shelley Hubal

Grandma Hannah had a ceramic studio in her basement on Wedgewood Terrace. For years, she taught lessons several nights a week. I remember her students, mostly women, sitting around large tables in the dusty basement. They would schmooze and smoke cigarettes while scrubbing…

Zelensky, a David for our times: “I need ammunition, not a ride.”

By Bill Simons

For those who value freedom, the last two years started badly. On January 6, 2021, a violent mob stormed the U.S. Congress, intent on overturning the presidential election. And on February 24, 2022, Russia mounted an invasion of Ukraine, expecting to emulate Adolf Hitler’s …

In My Own Words: My life as a reader

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

“Wait! You read the books!” 

That quote was an answer to a comment I made about the books I review for the paper. It’s not the first time someone was surprised by that I actually read the books: my other friend thought I just skimmed them. I confess to peri…

In My own Words: Appreciating life’s quiet moments

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

I am not particularly adventurous. When I was young, friends would suggest a questionable activity and try to convince me to go along by asking, “Why not?” I would answer, “Sorry, I want a good reason for doing it.” Years later, I read a science article that…

In My Own Words: Poetry and revisiting the past

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

The Facebook friend request came with a message. Someone I haven’t seen for more than 20 years tracked me down and discovered I was still working. What provoked this search is that the informal Zoom minyan she takes part in had recently been discussing poetry and…