The Joy of Giving

A woman from out of town recently attended shabbat services for the bar or bat mitzvah of the grandchild of a friend of hers.   She approached me after services and inquired about a sign she saw in our building. She recognized the names of the people for whom the kitchen is named – Sophie …

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Meeting Challenges to Ensure the Best

Executive Director Alan Blank and I recently attended a fascinating week-long seminar at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago. Part of their Institute for non-profit organizations, we participated in the fourth year of a special program developed for rabbis and synagogue executive directors about synagogue management and administration.   We were …

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Briefing to Israeli Delegation

Last month I was invited to attend a meeting in New York to brief staff members of Israel’s Knesset who were accompanied by members of the Israeli media. The session was part of a multi-day visit to educate Israeli opinion and decision makers about the American Jewish community. I spoke to them in Hebrew in …

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Tim Tebow or Not to Bow?

January 14, 2012   John Mackey, who played tight end for the Baltimore Colts in the glory years when I was growing up in Baltimore used to say that being in the huddle with Johny Unitas was like being in the huddle with God.   There are those who believe that God is in the …

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