From the President's Desk

Read news from our President, Beth Millstein.

A Time of Hope and Renewal

As I write this month’s message, I have been distracted by the news of yet another terrible gun tragedy, this time in Jacksonville, Florida.  With the High Holidays approaching, I reflect on the past year and think about the coming year and how we can make a positive difference in the wor…

Summertime is Planning Time

During July and August, our thoughts drift to vacation and having some “down time.”  But here at the Federation, it’s a busy planning time for our new fiscal year, which began July 1.  We have several exciting things planned for this coming year, including a new keynote program in De…

Jewish Geography

How often have you met someone and played “Jewish geography,” only to find that you are connected within two or three steps?  We often delight in seeing how close the connections are among Jews, no matter where we live, as it gives us a sense of comfort, belonging, and community.  It…

Next Year in Jerusalem...

Jewish families all around the world celebrate Passover at the same time.  Like my family, I’m sure you have unique traditions that make your seder familiar and special.  Ours generally includes Moses (in full desert garb) leading the service and lots of singing.  As we retell the story…

Giving Back = Paying It Forward

Every spring, I am awestruck by the power of nature and renewal.  Like the bulb we so lovingly plant in the fall that pushes through the early spring frost to bloom year after year, our actions today impact the future.  This powerful idea–that we can change the future through today’s a…