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From the Executive Director

Be Mindful of the Present this New Year

The Jewish New Year brings back many memories: a beautiful tablecloth, buying a new hat, the aroma of honey cake, kugels, and brisket, round challah and most of all the special people we shared the holidays with who are no longer with us.  

As we travel through time and we age, these memor…

A Warm Welcome

I love change, but it’s never easy. Change can re-vitalize you and give you a new perspective, but it can also cause great anxiety. This summer, my parents are moving to Manhattan from their home of 57 years in Westchester County. They are really excited about the move and they have a grea…

Turn, Turn, Turn...

One of my favorite songs is the Byrds classic “Turn! Turn! Turn!” which takes its lyrics from the book of Ecclesiastes and tells the listener that “to everything there is a season.” This song is especially appropriate in June when Jewish organizations elect more members to their boar…

Someone to Listen

A couple of years ago, I was visiting the St. Louis Botanical Gardens and saw this quote which I keep with me at all times: “How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong, b…