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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…

"The greatest experience of my life"

Attending URJ Camp Newman was one of the greatest experiences of my life. When I first learned that I would be going, though, I didn’t think that it was going to be that way. I had never attended a summer camp like that before, so I had no idea what to expect. My only camp experience was f…

Building Community, the Lego Way

As a parent, I have experienced one of the greatest moments of pain.  Many other parents have experienced the same pain and have tried, unsuccessfully, several solutions to ameliorate its source.  The pain I'm speaking of is the dreaded "Middle of the night stepping on a Lego" attack.  De…

Birthright: An opportunity to go outside your comfort zone

Hi everyone. Before coming on this trip I really didn't know what to expect. I was a bit nervous because I felt uneducated about the Jewish religion and Israel in general. I grew up in a home with my dad being Jewish and my mom being Catholic so as a family we didn't really participate in m…