Apr 26, 2013
This week, I’m writing from Jerusalem, on a Mission with 25 members of our Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation’s Professional Advisory Committee. Even after a couple dozen visits to Israel, I’m overwhelmed like a first-timer at the miracle of this young, yet age-old country. As we explore together, it’s a privilege and a joy to watch our actual first-timers form their connections to the people and the land. Raised in different communities, from an array of Jewish backgrounds, our feeling of unity in our homeland is something we will never forget. Here is yet another sign that our community’s future is bright, with seasoned and aspiring leaders taking time to see the fruits of our labors in Israel, and ready to strengthen our powerful bonds here.
Apr 12, 2013
We’ve heard it loud and clear in epic events like the Adolph Eichmann capture, the Entebbe hostage rescue, the destruction of Iraq’s nuclear reactor. We hear it when our community ensures that new generations will keep alive the memories and lessons of the Holocaust, and when our survivors courageously share their stories. But it’s up to each of us to see that Never Again is embedded throughout Jewish life. Protecting, sustaining and furthering the well-being, strength and ruach of our Jewish people is nothing less than our own powerful battle cry.
Oct 26, 2012
The joy and reflection of the holidays renews our awareness of how many people, from our neighborhoods to our global Jewish family, depend on us to sweeten their lives. At the Federation, there’s a palpable buzz in the air as we rev up to kick our 2013 Annual Campaign into high gear. We’ll be reaching out as never before to build on our long track record, engaging our community in caring for each other. Could there be a better theme for our Annual Campaign? TOGETHER WE DO EXTRAORDINARY THINGS!
Sep 7, 2012
This week, my work began with joy and ruach at my first visit to Torah Academy of Boca Raton. Our Jewish community is blessed with four vibrant, diverse (Federation beneficiary) day schools that provide outstanding preparation for Jewish life, as well as a wealth of other opportunities for high quality Jewish education and experiences. It’s no wonder that menchlichkeit abounds here. Yet, it is upon us as a community to extend - to far more Jewish families - these opportunities that will enrich their lives as they secure our Jewish future.
Sep 7, 2012
Next week, I’ll be headed to New York City with 65 of our community’s brightest, most caring and dedicated women. So you might be surprised to learn just how at home I am as the only man among the largest delegation (outside the NYC area) to the biennial International Lion of Judah Conference (ILOJC) – unless you’ve met my mother or my wife. And the accomplished women in my family are hardly an exception. Throughout Jewish and secular life, and at the very core of our Federation, we are beholden to Jewish women for their vision and contributions.
Aug 31, 2012
Especially at election season and on topics that arouse our deepest passions as caring Jews, respectful discourse is essential to our strength and well-being as a community and as a people. Diversity of opinion is a cornerstone of Jewish tradition, and the need for civility in our Jewish community goes far beyond elections and public discourse. To fulfill our essential communal responsibility to take care of our people, it is upon us – as institutions and as individuals - to learn to live together in a more genteel manner. Let each of us be a light unto this community.
Aug 24, 2012
As I settle into my new home at Federation with a fresh perspective, I keep finding myself in awe as I arrive each day on our truly astounding Jewish campus. At 100 acres with 300,000 square feet of building space, our Richard and Carole Siemens Jewish Campus west of the City of Boca Raton is the largest in the country. At the heart of our Jewish community, our Federation campus is home to dozens of programs and services, schools and residential facilities that care for and educate thousands throughout the lifespan.
Aug 17, 2012
This week, we saw the conclusion of the 2012 Olympics in London. While symbolizing the ideal of international cooperation, harmony and human dignity, these Games represented the 40th anniversary of the massacre of 11 Israeli team members in Munich. While the International Olympic Committee unconscionably refused to commemorate this horrific moment in Olympic history, athletes from France, Italy, the United States and other nations bravely stood up for these victims of terror. With support from members of the media and many world leaders, and a petition signed by more than 100,000 people, the Munich 11 indisputably did return to the forefront of global consciousness. We are reminded once again how terrorism remains a threat to peace-loving people everywhere.