Jewish Voices, Jewish Life

It’s what we do every day. Whether it’s the food we favor…a bagel with shmear… or the drive to repair the world…tikkun olam, we Jews are there, especially in Rockland County. We plan to bring Doing Jewish to you every Friday. Sometimes it’ll be fun, sometimes it’ll be serious.

It's not 'normal'

Last week, I had an opportunity to speak with a number of middle school students at one of Rockland’s synagogue hebrew schools. I was invited to speak about the Federation and its role in confronting antisemitism. The key message I gave to the students was that the most important way to co…

We remember

Several years ago, I wrote these short posts on observing International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which is observed today. As you will see, I have had some conflicted thoughts about how we as a Jewish community should think about it. 

In 2015 I wrote:

When is the right day to memorialize…

CONGRATULATIONS!

I read yesterday that many of you are winners of a world renowned prize. No, not the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes. This week, the Genesis Prize Foundation announced the winner of the 2023 Genesis Prize. Last year, the winner was Alfred Bourla, the Jewish Pfizer CEO responsible for d…

A New Year’s Resolution

Some of the recent disturbing polling data about how Jews are perceived in the US put me in mind of two conversations I had recently, where the person I was talking to had something negative to say about other Jews. One of them was a now completely secular Jew who grew up in a mainstream non…

Challenging our assumptions and ourselves

Earlier this week, I had a wonderful opportunity to speak with a Pastor at one of Spring Valley’s many churches serving the local community. He had several questions about the intersection of Jewish history, Jewish tradition, and Jewish law, and I was glad to be able to assist him. The Pas…