February 09, 2018 | by: Brian Sullivan

Dear Friends: As the Alliance begins the process of implementing our new strategic plan–which includes themes of innovation–I thought it would be great to highlight examples of innovation from within our Jewish community. While there are certainly many local examples to choose from, I’m pleased to share with you three innovative programs focused specifically on […]

January 26, 2018 | by: Brian Sullivan

Dear Friends: Last week, a video clip surfaced showing the now-retired principal of Bishop Hendricken High School making racially charged and anti-Semitic comments. Of course, I feel that comments of this nature are unacceptable and should never be tolerated, especially when made by a high-profile educator. At the Alliance, we are uniquely positioned to work […]

January 12, 2018 | by: Brian Sullivan

Dear Friends: This year marks the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel. Often in the United States, we only get to see Israel through the political lens. As I learned when I visited Israel two years ago, it is a country with a vibrant culture, amazing art, and business innovation that is far ahead […]

December 29, 2017 | by: Brian Sullivan

Dear Friends: High temperatures in the teens and 20s. Lows in the single digits. Wind chills registering in the negatives. When I see a weather forecast like the one we are facing, I can’t help but think of our neighbors who are in need of shelter and those who struggle to pay heating and utility […]

December 15, 2017 | by: Brian Sullivan

Dear Friends: Here I am, on the third night of Hanukkah, sitting next to a lit hanukkiah writing this week’s Shabbat message. This hanukkiah was purchased in 2015 when I participated in the Jewish Alliance’s mission to Israel. I would have never guessed at the time, that just two years later, I’d be charged with leading that same organization. […]

December 01, 2017 | by: Brian Sullivan

Dear Friends: Earlier this week we participated in #GivingTuesday–a national day of giving that follows Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. The idea being that after we eat and spend (and spend again), we celebrate generosity by giving back to the charitable organizations that we hold dear. This year, the Alliance focused […]

November 28, 2017 | by: Brian Sullivan

November 29, 1947 is the day on which the United Nations voted to partition the Land of Israel between the Jews and Arabs. This was a very momentous occasion that my mother and others of her generation well remember, even 70 years later. Vintage footage of the vote will probably be all over the news […]

November 28, 2017 | by: Brian Sullivan

At the Jewish Alliance, we are committed to the safety and security of our entire community. This is why we have embarked on a Community Security Campaign — to safeguard our day schools, synagogues and congregations, agencies, and institutions. This Giving Tuesday, we are asking for your help. Funds raised through this special campaign, in […]

November 21, 2017 | by: Brian Sullivan

By Seth Finkle Recently, I returned from a professional development trip to Israel. This trip is part of the Merrin Fellowship for Teen Engagement that I was chosen for more than a year ago. This fellowship is for JCC professionals who work with teens. The program includes 18 months of webinars, project development, and four […]

November 17, 2017 | by: Brian Sullivan

Dear Friends: Food for thought–or perhaps more fitting, food AND thought. Few things bring people together quite like food. While most of us will be gathering around the Thanksgiving table next week, the Board of Rabbis is giving us the opportunity to gather around the communal table first. Tomorrow evening, the Board of Rabbis, along […]

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