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From the Desk of the Federation Executive Director: With Gratitude 5/15/20

A friend of the family recently passed from coronavirus. His devoted wife was unable to continue her daily visits to the nursing home where he had resided for several years. Desperate to be with him during his last days, her family placed a four-foot ladder outside his window. She put on a m…

In My Own Words: Lockdown by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

Let me see if I have this correctly: being asked to stay in your homes in order to stop the spread of COVID-19 is the exact same thing as “men and women stripped completely naked, lined up and facing a mass grave, where they are shooting them in the back of the head and falling in the grav…

In My Own Words: Various personal, societal and political thoughts

Alone time

I’ve been rediscovering my inner introvert. I’m not exactly a hermit since most weekdays I communicate with Reporter staff via numerous e-mails over the course of the day. I’ve also had Skype/Zoom conversations with friends. (One of those is not new: the friend lives out of…

In My Own Words: Supreme Court decision by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

Do you want this person to pick your Supreme Court justice? That’s the question some people ask when deciding who to vote for for president. Yet, over the years, Supreme Court justices have surprised the person who nominated them by following the rule of law, rather than the rule of politi…

From the Desk of the Federation President: In appreciation

It’s at times like this, when things seem difficult, that good people step up to the proverbial plate. I am so proud of our community: you met the challenge of our anonymous donor and we matched $10,000 to support the work of our Jewish Federation. 

More important than meeting the goal i…