CEO Letter 11.6.20

By Jenn Ross

As I’m writing this column, my hopes and prayers are that our community is doing well following a challenging election and we can heal and come together regardless of the results. One of my current reads which I highly recommend is Jonathan Haidt’s The Righteous Mind: Why G…

Ceo Letter 10.25.20

By Jenn Ross

Although this was a challenging and unprecedented year, our organization had numerous accomplishments, even during our temporary building shutdown.  This summary is a snapshot capturing just a few highlights, alongside many other achievements that have been reported in Communi…

The Quandary of Space

By Rabbi Sam Yolen, Congregation Beth Israel Lebanon

Abraham Joshua Heshel, writing his book The Sabbath, presented an idea summed up as such: “It is not things that give meaning to time, but time that gives meaning to things.”

How much more is that true during a pandemic? When space i…

CEO Letter 10.9.20

by Jenn Ross


Reading is one of the ways I develop myself personally and professionally.  The right selections also help uplift me and refocus.  I can recommend some which have accomplished this. 


Ryan Holiday’s Stillness is the Key was a great follow up to last summer’s read…

One People, One Heart

By Ayelet Friedman

Ayelet Friedman is a 15-year-old writer and is the granddaughter of Harrisburg community members Norman and Cheryl Gras. This piece won first place in the Young Writers category of the May 2020 Journey Writing Contest, presented by The Associated: Jewish Federation of Ba…