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In My Own Words - Broken promises and lost lives by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

“I meant what I said and I said what I meant and an elephant’s faithful 100 percent.” Those words from “Horton Hatches an Egg” by Dr. Seuss greatly influenced my life. A promise – an oath – should not be broken; one’s word has to mean something. I find it interesting that the…

In My Own Words - Antisemitism – part two by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

One of the reasons I experienced some antisemitism in high school was because I was very publicly Jewish. No, I didn’t wear a Star of David or a kippah, but I never hid my religion. In fact, I had an English teacher ask me to take her college-prep writing class because she was Jewish and h…

From the Desk of the Federation Executive Director

From the Desk of the Federation Executive Director

With gratitude

Everyone has favorite memories from their childhood – maybe a special place they visited, favorite foods or memorable moments spent with loved ones. After the Federation Holocaust Memorial Remembrance event on October 6, I…

In My Own Words - Antisemitism – part 1 by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

“I wish I had a crystal ball.” That thought occurred to me when I was reading “How to Fight Anti-Semitism” by Bari Weiss. In fact, that’s not the first time that I wished for one. During the last few months, many people have been questioning whether the current rise in antisemitism…

In My Own Words - Personal venting by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

Writer’s note: Having a bad week? Then maybe you should skip this column. After all, do you really need to have me kvetch about my problems when you’re having problems of your own? Or, maybe my kvetching will make you laugh or feel better about what is happening in your life. Either way,…