Message from our CEO

Sounds of the Shofar

 

 

Just a few days ago we celebrated Rosh Hashana and heard the blasts of the shofar which wake us up – literally and figuratively. This year's shofar blowing was unexpectedly the most emotional one I’ve experienced as it touched …

Critical Update on Hurricane Harvey

 

 

As Florida and the eastern seaboard prepare for Hurricane Irma, the second catastrophic storm to hit the U.S. this season, we are preparing to offer support to any impacted communities. As part of Jewish Federations of North Americ…

An Update on Houston

 

 
 

Yesterday afternoon the first Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) ground team arrived in Houston and got to work supporting the local Jewish Federation and community. Their immediate focus is on building a comprehensive picture of n…

More Than a Camel Ride

 

 
 

A few days ago, I had the chance to sit down and talk with two of our JFFS staff members about their recent Birthright Israel trip. (Birthright is a free ten-day trip to Israel for young adults of Jewish heritage, sponsored in part by our …

Combating Hate, Together at the Table

 

 
 

I’ve written before about the need for civil discourse and compassionate dialogue in our community and in our nation. After last weekend’s display of hate, bigotry, racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism by white supremacists in Charlott…