From the President's Desk

Read news from our President, Beth Millstein.

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…

Calling All Esthers

Purim was an exciting holiday for me as a child.  Every year, I looked forward to our synagogue Purim Carnival – I wondered what new games I would see and most importantly, agonized over which Megillah character’s costume I would wear. As an adult, I gained new appreciation for the Puri…

New Year…. New Look…. New Focus

Many people use the secular new year as a fresh start, a new beginning, or a time to recommit to personal goals.  The Federation is recommitting to our goals as well. Over the past few months, we’ve made some changes that result in a refocused delivery of service to our community and we …

Defining Moments

I recently heard an accomplished fundraiser ask, “What is your defining moment?”  It was a compelling and more meaningful question than “why do you give?” I’ve been thinking about how I would answer that question for weeks now…. What is my defining moment?  When I was 14, I rea…