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From the Desk of Debby Barton Grant

Our Executive Vice President Debby Barton Grant shares her thoughts about a range of topics from Jewish camping to our Jewish community to Israel and more.

Springing into Our Community Through Our Jewish Values

Right now, the trees are beginning to blossom, early flowers are pushing through the earth and the weather will soon get warmer. Spring is often described as a time of rebirth, renewal and awakening. For the Federation, the meaning of Spring is much of the same. Our Jewish Federation values:…

Moving Forward in 2021

Welcome to 2021! We hope the new year brings us all closer to the end of this pandemic. It is also a new beginning for the Jewish Federation as we continue MOVING FORWARD with the work we do for our Jewish community both here at home and around the world.
A few weeks ago, you received our ne…

Freedom Sunday, December 1987

We are now in the beginning days of the year 5781. I hope the High Holidays were meaningful for you and your families. I am sure you all join me in acknowledging how impressive our clergy and synagogues have been throughout these challenging times; they are our partners in building a strong …

Weathering the Storm Together: A Recipe for Strength

In Genesis 32:25 Jacob wrestles with an Angel and in this story of struggle, we gain our name, Israel.
As I reflect upon the last several months, I think about the struggle of Jacob, and the strength that came from that pivotal moment in Jacob’s life. Jacob prevailed and because of his str…

No Matter the Social Distance, We Are Here For You

I had a completely different article that I was going to write for this magazine. It was going to be about how we are entering into summer and sharing our plans for all of the great programming we have in store. However, in times of  pandemic, quarantine, and social distancing, my letter no…