Voices

CEO Letter 4.23.21

By Jenn Ross

On March 31, a moving vigil in memory of the victims of the Atlanta terror attack on March 16 and in solidarity with the Asian American Pacific Islander communities was held at the Hadee Mosque and on Facebook Live. The program featured nearly 20 speakers representing many diff…

CEO Letter 4.9.21

I am moved every year by the three commemoration days we observe this month.  The traumas incurred by the victims of the Holocaust, honored on Yom Hashoah, seem inconceivable to me that so-called members of civil society entirely lost sight of the humanity of others. I have the utmost respe…

CEO Letters 3.26.21

By Jenn Ross

As a smaller Jewish community, security awareness, efficiency, and planning are paramount to keeping our community safe. Fortunately, we have numerous resources through the federal government, such as the South Central Task Force Department, which brings the expertise of Depart…

CEO Letter 3.12.21

By Jenn Ross

 

It has been a year like no other since this pandemic caused a three month shutdown and continues to impact everyone’s lives dramatically. 

 

Recently the U.S. death toll due to COVID surpassed 500,000.  Although it is challenging to grasp the number, by now most of u…

Saying Goodbye to Grandma Annabell

By Rabbi Sam Yolen, Congregation Beth Israel

 

As the list of people lost directly to COVID or to COVID-related complications grows, I’d like to share my personal story of loss. It’s with a heavy heart that I remember my Grandmother Annabell Schwartz this spring, and I hope that readi…