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In My Own Words: Supreme Court decision by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

Do you want this person to pick your Supreme Court justice? That’s the question some people ask when deciding who to vote for for president. Yet, over the years, Supreme Court justices have surprised the person who nominated them by following the rule of law, rather than the rule of politi…

From the Desk of the Federation President: In appreciation

It’s at times like this, when things seem difficult, that good people step up to the proverbial plate. I am so proud of our community: you met the challenge of our anonymous donor and we matched $10,000 to support the work of our Jewish Federation. 

More important than meeting the goal i…

In My Own Words: Playing with our lives by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

Hubris: that’s one of my coworker’s favorite words. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines it as “exaggerated pride or self-confidence.” A person with hubris thinks he knows more than anyone else and, therefore, makes better decisions than anyone else, even those with more experience…

From the Desk of the Federation Executive Director: With gratitude

A little piece of chocolate around 3 pm has always been my guilty pleasure. During these challenging times, I have added a new way to reduce stress and bring a glimmer of hope to my day. It is a surprise to me that listening to Andrew Cuomo’s press conferences are a comfort. His candidness…

In My Own Words: Living in your hometown by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

You know you live in your hometown when someone you don’t recognize says to you. “I babysat you when you were 3 years old.” This occurred when I was attending an event the first weekend in March and, even though I didn’t remember her, I knew she was right because she told me where I …