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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…

From the Desk of the Federation Executive Director: With gratitude 2/10/22

By Shelley Hubal

Time and again Jewish communities around the world have had to dig deep and find strength. Strength in one another. Strength in Torah and tradition. In my opinion, the resilience and compassion of the Jewish people is unlike any other. The world watched recently as four mem…

In My Own Words: Something silly

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

I’m a big fan of the Muppets. I don’t remember when I first saw “Sesame Street,” but I believe it must have been when I was in junior high or high school. My favorite Muppet at that time was Oscar the Grouch. I could relate to his grouchiness, a trait that r…

In My Own Words: Something personal

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

While there are many political and social issues facing us in 2022, it’s a personal one that I can’t stop thinking about. To put this in perspective: the last few weeks of December were extremely difficult in my chaplaincy work with far too many deaths for reaso…

From the Desk of the Federation Executive Director: With gratitude 1/14/22

By Shelley Hubal

It has happened to all of us. You end a conversation and hours, or even days later, you keep thinking of all the things you wish you had said. This was the case for me recently. I was speaking with a woman in California on a work-related issue, when she asked why we refer …