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In My Own Words: Gun violence and free speech

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

Gun violence

Is it possible to say anything new about gun violence? In April, before the killings in Buffalo and Uvalde, TX, I’d thought about doing a column after reading this in The New York Times’ daily e-mail: “Murders have spiked nearly 40 percent since…

In My Own Words: More than one million gone

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

More than one million Americans have died of COVID during the pandemic. More lives have been lost to this disease than the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, the two world wars, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan combined. The death toll is greater than the death t…

From the Desk of the Federation Executive Director: With Gratitude 5/18/22

By Shelley Hubal

Here we are again: another mass shooting. This time the perpetrator is from Broome County. He could have very easily carried out his hate-filled mission here in our community, but chose to target the Black community of Buffalo. My heart aches for the citizens of Buffalo, b…

In My Own Words: U.S.A. in a dystopian Wonderland

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

“Curiouser and curiouser!” – Alice in “Alice in Wonderland” 

Universities are bowing to pressure and rejecting speakers whose views aren’t in complete accord with the politics of their most strident students. School boards and local legislatures are ba…

Meir Kahane and the Jewish Defense League, part II

By Bill Simons

On a bracing Saturday morning in January 2020, I attended Shabbat services at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan, an iconic Reform synagogue at One East 65th Street and Fifth Avenue, across from Central Park. An immense and beautiful limestone sanctuary, Temple Emanu-El accommodate…