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A Threat, or an Opportunity?

Recently, 17 rabbis from across the religious spectrum were asked, "What is the most serious threat facing the Jewish people?" As you can imagine, there were at least 17 different opinions, but there were also some areas of agreement. The top two threats identified were apathy and internal d…

Our Big Tent

On Rosh Hashanah, our synagogues burst at the seams with community members. And, like many of you, I look forward to gathering with friends and family. Unfortunately, our friends in Houston and Florida are not so lucky. More than a thousand people have been displaced from their homes, and Ho…

Doing Our Best for the Jewish People

Friends, with the arrival of September, the Board of Directors elected at our June Annual Meeting and Celebration takes office. In this week's Shabbat message, our new Board Chair, Cary Lakenbach, shares his hopes and intentions for our Federation. Shabbat Shalom! - Howard

Dear friends,

"You Must Not Go Back That Way Again"

In this week's Torah portion, Shoftim, Moses continues his final instructions to the Israelites as they prepare to cross over the Jordan River into their new homeland. This portion provides rich wisdom on the importance of justice, establishing a lawful society, and behavior during times of …

Taking the Lead Against Hate

It was in the shadows of WWII that our Federation was born. The monstrous level of anti-Semitism that decimated the Jewish population of Europe drove thousands to the shores of America. ¬†Unfortunately, this land of freedom was not immune from vile and often outright expressions of anti-Semi…