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.

Take Nothing For Granted

Two years ago the only way some of us could celebrate and observe our most ancient traditions was outside, spread out, under a tent to hopefully keep out the rain. Many of us could not even do that. We remained at home, alone or at best on zoom. No handshakes, no hugs. No after-shul…

Welcome back.

This week, I received a message from Dov Oliver, Executive Director of Hillel of Rockland. Hillel Rockland is one of the Jewish Federation & Foundation of Rockland County's beneficiary agencies. Dov had just returned from bringing a group of Jewish students to Poland on a heritage and…

This is No Partner.

I usually don't write with a focus on Israel or her adversaries in my weekly message. There is so much to address here in Rockland, and also many themes that include Israel, but don't focus exclusively on it. Ironically, for many years researching, training, teaching, lobbying,…

Doing What No One Else Can Do.

I was recently speaking with someone I had met from overseas. This individual had asked me what I do for a living, and I began to explain my role at Federation. He asked several questions, and I described how we raise funds annually to support local and overseas agencies, especially those…

The cost of disunity.

Sometimes our tradition makes clear to us that there is an intersection between the actions of the Jewish people and the events that befall them. Most often, these can be seen in the biblical or prophetic descriptions of reward or punishment, of transgression and result. The inference of…