Fed Blog

A blog representing voices and views from the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester.

Passover and Shabbat Greetings from Meredith Dragon 4.19.19

Tonight, the first night of Passover, we gather with family and friends around our seder tables, across the world, to recount our iconic story of Jewish slavery and our journey to freedom.  Each year, depending on what is happening in our world today, I am struck by different parts of our …

Shabbat Greetings from Meredith Dragon 3.15.19

I feel like I’m on a rollercoaster. Each time I turn on the news, or open social media, I am in for a ride that creates an awful pit in my stomach. Just this morning, when I looked at my newsfeed at 5:00 AM, I was horrified by the shooting at two mosques in New Zealand. Immediately I felt…

Shabbat Greetings from Meredith Dragon 2.15.19

In the dark, cold, windy days of winter, particularly this time of year when we, or at least I, begin longing for some small sign of spring, it is easy to be caught in the mundane.  The winter often keeps us indoors and focused inward.  I find myself running from car, to warm building, to …

Shabbat Greetings from Meredith Dragon 11.30.18

Recently I heard Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum say, “Despair is not a strategy and joy is an act of spiritual resistance.” This resonated with me on many levels. In particular, as we prepare to begin celebrating Chanukah on Sunday, it provided another lens from which to view the story of this h…

Shabbat Greetings from Meredith Dragon 11.16.18

We are living in dark days, literally and figuratively. This week alone, more than 500 rockets from Gaza rained down on Israel’s south, causing a complete shutdown of the area for several days. Horrific wildfires continue to rage in California, affecting all people and seriously impacting…