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From the Desk of the Federation Executive Director: With Gratitude /4/22

By Shelley Hubal

It started with Donald Trump posting on his social media platform Truth Social that “Jews have to get their act together and appreciate what they have in Israel – Before it’s too late!” I don’t care what your politics are or what his intent was, those are threate…

From the Desk of the Federation Executive Director: With Gratitude 9/23/22

By Shelley Hubal

I will never forget standing in the hotel room and saying, “I don’t want to do this.” Then Mark and Rae wrapped me in their arms while I sobbed. That was the morning of my father’s funeral in 2019. The grief was overwhelming, and so was the tenderness and love from…

From the Desk of the Federation Executive Director: With Gratitude 8/26/22

By Shelley Hubal

Wikipedia includes in its description of upstate New York the following: “A cheeky joke among Manhattanites is that anything north of 14th Street is ‘Upstate.’” I would also say that most people from New York City believe there are few Jews living upstate.

Last we…

From the Desk of the Federation Executive Director: With Gratitude 7/29/22

By Shelley Hubal

“Power comes from above and legitimacy comes from below.” – Frederick M. Lawrence 

I recently attended the Anti-Defamation League’s annual Supreme Court Review. During his opening statement, Frederick M. Lawrence shared the above concept about power and legitimac…

From the Desk of the Federation Executive Director: With Gratitude 7/1/22

By Shelley Hubal

One of my favorite psychologists and meditation teachers is Tara Brach, Ph.D. In her teachings on self-compassion, Dr. Brach uses the acronym “RAIN,” which stands for “Recognize, Allow, Investigate and Nurture.” All of us experience emotional pain at some point in o…