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November 20, 2020

Dear Friend: If your family is anything like mine, the way you plan to celebrate Thanksgiving this year will be very different. In this week’s message I talk about how my family is adapting, what I’m grateful for, and some bright spots that we can all be hopeful about. Click here to learn more about […]


November 06, 2020

Dear Friend: This has been a momentous week for all of us. In today’s message I talk a bit about the election and how the work of building strong, vibrant communities happens at the local level. Click here to read the transcribed version of the Shabbat message. I wish you a safe, peaceful, and joyous […]


October 23, 2020

Dear Friend: At the Alliance, we continue to have conversations about “Covid-fatigue.” It started out almost jokingly, but increasingly, we recognize it as being quite real. In this week’s message I talk about how tired I am. And I talk about the need for all of us to push through — together. Click here to read […]


October 09, 2020

Dear Friend: In this week’s message I talk about the overwhelming nature of today’s constant news cycle and how it can take our attention away from some of the good things happening in our community. Click here to read the transcribed version of the Shabbat message. To make a donation in support of the Alliance’s […]


September 29, 2020

Are you planning a trip to Israel? Do you have relatives who live there? Do you like to speak Hebrew and want to learn more? Join Temple Emanu-El and the Jewish Alliance for Hebrew Conversation and improve your vocabulary! There will be four levels of conversational Hebrew offered. Classes will be conducted via Zoom, and […]


September 25, 2020

Dear Friend: L’Shanah Tovah! Happy New Year! In this week’s message I talk about a new strategic direction for the Jewish Alliance and our refreshed look as we debuted a new visual brand earlier this week. Since the start of the pandemic I have offered these messages in video format. Today I’m happy to say […]


September 21, 2020

We are excited to launch a new visual brand for the Jewish Alliance. We love our old logo and we know that many of you feel the same way. So, let us explain why we are refreshing our look. Our current logo has served the Alliance for nearly ten years, and during that time we […]


September 11, 2020

Dear Friend: In this week’s video message I reflect on where I was nineteen years ago today: September 11, 2001. Next week is the start of Rosh Hashanah. Together, let’s turn the page on 5780 and make 5781 the year we choose to focus on our similarities, not our differences. Wishing you a safe, healthy, and peaceful […]


August 28, 2020

Dear Friend: I am excited to share with you a new community-wide art project that we have launched to keep us creative and connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more about Jewish Roots and to sign up to participate, click here. And you can read more about the project and artist Nancy Katz in this […]


August 14, 2020

Dear Friend: As I mark my three year anniversary with the Jewish Alliance, I take a few moments to reflect on all that we have been through together. From Charlottesville and Pittsburgh to COVID-19 — this has been a three year journey like no other. But my optimism remains strong. Wishing you a healthy and […]


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Shabbat Shalom: Reflections on a Three-Year Journey

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