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From the Desk of the Federation Executive Director: With Gratitude 3/11/22

By Shelley Hubal

“Jewish people take care of their own.” An irate community member said this to me recently. The prompt for her comment was a television commercial sponsored by a Christian aid organization. The commercial contains images of unclean and destitute elderly people. While th…

The 1936 Summer and 2022 Winter Olympics: sport as tsuris

By Bill Simons

Yiddish has bequeathed us a word – tsuris – that pithily conveys sorrow, loss and pain. The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games leaves a legacy of tsuris. Upon winning the silver medal in women’s figure skating, the superbly talented Alexandra Trusova expressed disappoint…

In My Own Words: The world in which we live

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

My original plan was to write a column called “Entering the Third Year” about the continuing pandemic. Yes, I know numbers are down, but we’re not finished with this nightmare yet – a nightmare that has killed more than 947,000 Americans as of this writing. …

In My Own Words: Majority, minority and fear

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

“Chairman Bob Menendez (D-NJ) today defended his and [Deborah Lipstadt’s].... denunciations of Republican Senator Ron Johnson’s (R-WI) previous comments in support of the January 6 insurrectionists. The Wisconsin Republican demanded an apology for being called…

In My Own Words: Feeling discomfort

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

I actually had to double check because I started to think, “Wait, that can’t be real. She must have accidently sent me a link to a comic/fake news site.” But, unfortunately, I was wrong and, since it was on a topic I’ve been thinking of writing about for the…