Voices

CEO Letter 5.20.22

By Jenn Ross

One of the components of the 2022 Jewish Council for Public Affairs Conference was the screening of a powerful documentary, Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America.  Former ACLU Deputy Legal Director Jeffery Robinson’s groundbreaking talk on the history of U.S. anti-Bla…

The End of Civility

By Rabbi Sam Yolen, Congregation Beth Israel (Lebanon)

Every society has cultural norms upon which common behavior is built. Times and standards may have changed, but along the way we enforce legal codes. In public we wear clothes, in cars we buckle our seatbelts, and with respect to halakh…

CEO Letter 4.8.22

By Jenn Ross

This year’s Purim was joyous for me. The 2020 community carnival and Megillah readings were the last hoorah before the COVID pandemic changed our lives.   It was invigorating to reconvene in person at the JCC, the joint Chisuk Emuna/Beth El reading and Spiel, and the Women…

Jonathan Greenblatt’s Book Is Inspiring Me to Stop Hate

By Allison Siegelman

The recently released book authored by Anti-Defamation League’s CEO, Jonathan Greenblatt, It Could Happen Here: Why America Is Tipping From Hate To the Unthinkable and How We Can Stop It came to my attention as a result of research I am conducting to complete my gradu…

CEO Letter 11.19.21

By Jenn Ross

 

I am proud to share that our JCC has been chosen to participate in JCulture 2.0, a program that aims to make JCCs more welcoming, inclusive, and respectful spaces. Lori Rubin, Christine Cutuli, and I participated in an immersive training focusing on important issues such as…