CEO Letter 9.24.21

By Jenn Ross

The Jewish holidays always help us to feel closer to our values. Sukkot (along with Tu B’shvat later in the year) gives us a chance to appreciate the organic world – falling during the changing seasons, it is an “outdoor” holiday that incorporates many rituals with item…

CEO Letter 9.10.21

By Jenn Ross


Our community is known for being welcoming and warm to all. Still, we can always collectively open our arms a little wider.

Earlier this year, our Jewish agencies and synagogues launched our new community diversity initiative, Kulanu, with our kickoff program exploring how…

For the Sake of Heaven

By Rabbi Ron Muroff, Chisuk Emuna Congregation

Not long after last Yom Kippur, we faced a bitterly contested election, which was followed by angry protests and false allegations regarding its results, culminating in the brutal assault on the U.S. Capitol on January 6th.

The Spring was mark…

The Jewish Angle on Afghanistan

By Rabbi Sam Yolen, Congregation Beth Israel (Lebanon)

As I write this, the Kabul International Airport is surrounded by Taliban fighters who show no affinity for political coalitions or bargaining.

It seems like the future for Afghanistan is bereft of anything remotely moderate, and most …

CEO Letter - 8.27.21

By Jenn Ross

Shana Tova! This year as much as ever, we would like to wish you a happy, healthy, and safe new year.

The wellbeing of our JCC participants and our community has always been important to us.  During the pandemic, we have dedicated extraordinary energies to ensure health and s…