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In My Own Words: Preparing for a pandemic Passover by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

My plans for the holiday were set before Purim last year. Then, of course, the pandemic hit and guests were uninvited as seders became limited to those living in the same household. I did have an option to attend a Zoom seder, but, after thinking about it, I decided to keep my Shabbat/chagim…

From the Desk of the Federation Executive Director: With gratitude 3/12/21

By Shelley Hubal

A recent article in The Forward shared excerpts from some of the 100 letters religious scholars have written to President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and members of Congress to be distributed during the first 100 days of the new administration. The project “Am…

In My Own Words: “We lost a year” by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

“We lost a year.” As the first anniversary of the pandemic hitting the U.S. approaches, some people are mourning what they see as a lost year. I question the value of looking at the past year through that lense. Should we not instead celebrate our resilience? Aren’t our lives more than…

In My Own Words: Thoughts during a pandemic by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

The first draft of this column was written on January 27, the day that would have been my little brother Larry’s 59th birthday. I usually note the day, but this is the first time since he died in 2010 that I thought about how old he would be. I have to admit feeling teary at the thought. T…

From the Desk of the Federation Executive Director: With gratitute 2/12/21

By Shelley Hubal

I wept last night. I felt it coming for days and I am glad it finally bubbled up and spilled out. There were several reasons for the tears. The mid-winter blues are hitting hard this year. Not leaving the house for days because of the weather, a sore back and the pandemic h…