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Two Countries, One People

September 19th, 2014

In this week preceding Rosh Hashanah, I traveled from Israel to Ukraine and back, experiencing how we are bringing new beginnings to Jews around the world. I was joined by UJA-Federation of New York’s executive committee, on what was their first-ever mission to Israel as a group. Planning for this trip started last May, with the intention of marking my…

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How Brooklyn Sephardic Teens Helped Israelis Under Attack

September 5th, 2014

A critical part of leadership is learning to adapt on short notice when needs change unexpectedly. For 40 rising high school seniors in the Israel Leadership and Development (ILead) program, a division of the Sephardic Community Alliance in Brooklyn, their 30-day trip to Israel this summer proved to be an enormous test. When the Gaza war broke out, instead of…

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Looking Back and Forward

September 5th, 2014

The first week of September is synonymous with “back to school,” a return to the full intensity of work and life after the lull of summer. But as we know well, this summer — tragically — was very different. Since the first weeks of July, we’ve been consumed with the crisis in Israel — mourning with Israel, rallying to voice…

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The Not-Forgotten Jews of Ukraine

August 22nd, 2014

Amid the ongoing critical crisis in Israel, including the recently resumed rocket attacks from Gaza, less attention has been focused on the continuing plight of the Jews of Ukraine, where for nearly nine months now, tens of thousands of Jews, many of them poor and elderly, have been suffering. Only a year ago, I was in Ukraine and saw the…

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Supplies for Success Makes Start of School Easier

August 21st, 2014
Supplies for Success 2014

For far too many parents in the New York area, the prospect of buying all the school supplies on their children’s lists looms as a daunting request to fill. The cost of supplies quickly adds up for families already on limited budgets. To help these families, UJA-Federation of New York’s Supplies for Success, an initiative now in its 13th year,…

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Summerfest Brings Long Island Together

August 15th, 2014

At the Passover seder, there’s a longstanding tradition of saying, “Next year in Jerusalem,” explained Todd Richman, who was honored at UJA-Federation of New York’s Summerfest on August 13th. But now, he said, “we don’t need to wait till next year because UJA-Federation has been in Israel since [the country's] beginning and it continues to be on the front lines…

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Power of Community

August 1st, 2014

As the week winds down, the news from Israel is incredibly painful — including the heartbreaking news today of the kidnapped IDF soldier, Hadar Goldin. Right now, we are consumed with the weight of the crisis. But if there is some comfort to be had, it’s in the truly uplifting ways we’ve come together as a people and a community…