Staying For Good

By Rebecca Caspi, Director General, JFNA Israel Office

Originally published in the El Paso Jewish Voice

Whenever he called me from the United States, my uncle asked the same question, “Do you think you’re going to stay in Israel?”

As the decades passed, the question turned more and …

CEO Letter 7.2.21

By Jenn Ross


When I think of our Jewish community, the word “Hamish”, Yiddish for homelike or warm, comes to mind.

I value the strong interconnectivity of our Jewish and broader community, which embraces community members regardless of their congregational affiliation.  Even befor…


On Thursday, June 3, 2021, Barbara Meyers Snyder of Rockville, MD and previously of Harrisburg, PA, passed away.

Beloved wife of the late Sanford Snyder; devoted mother of Jeffrey Snyder and Lynn Shapiro Snyder, Ira and Lisa Snyder and the late Arleen Magier; cherished grandmother of Rachel…

Reflection On Harrisburg Summers Past

By Janice Apple Malett

I joined the town pool in Rye, NY and do my laps after work.

I don't know a soul - not after three summers of swimming here. Too young, too old, or just unfriendly. But it doesn’t matter. I'm not here to make friends. I come for the swimming...and for something els…

In Defense of Zionism

By Rabbi Sam Yolen, Congregation Beth Israel, Lebanon

It is frankly embarrassing that our contemporary society seems to require a defense of Zionism, but if there’s anything more blatantly obvious about the need for a secure Jewish state, it’s the depth of hate that anti-Semites will r…