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Thoughts on the New Year

As with Chanukah and Purim, I grew up thinking that our current ritual observance of Rosh Hashanah was taken directly from the Torah. I later came to find that Rosh Hashanah (as we know it today) is not mentioned by name in the Torah, nor is there any guidance on how to observe the holiday (…

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund Update

Dear Colleague;

Thanks to everyone across our Federation system who have been working to bring support and relief to our Houston Jewish community!  Here is today’s update:

First Emergency Grant of $500,000 Delivered to Houston Federation

JFNA’s Emergency Committee met this after…

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

Our hearts go out to the communities of Houston, San Antonio, Galveston, Corpus Christi and other areas that have been hammered by Hurricane Harvey, including Jewish communities still recovering from flooding two years ago.  With record breaking rain having fallen and expected to continue,…

The People I Met This Week from Charlottesville

I encounter and become acquainted with a lot of people in my role as CEO of Jewish Nevada.  Some of these encounters are intentional while others are through a passing introduction in a coffee shop or in response to one of these emails/blog postings. Then there are those with whom I become …

"We cannot and will not allow this to become the new normal in our society"

Jewish Nevada - Nevada's Jewish Federation - is appalled by the flagrant and shameful display of bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred in Charlottesville, VA this past weekend.  There should be no doubt that these acts of domestic terrorism were the work of white supremacists, neo-Nazis and a…