Fed Blog

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

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…

Shabbat Greetings from Meredith Dragon 11.2.18

Never again. Never again. Never again. We utter these words at our annual Yom HaShoah gatherings. When we speak of the atrocities of the Holocaust, our conversations end with, never again. Yet, here we are ending a week when 11 Jews were murdered in cold blood to the chant “death to Jew…

Shabbat Greetings from Meredith Dragon 9.7.18

When my children tell me something is interesting I usually respond with the question, “Is that a good interesting or a bad interesting?” As I think about this past year, 5778 in the Hebrew calendar, I am struck that it has been a very interesting year. For me, 5778 marks a year of ext…

Shabbat Greetings from Meredith Dragon 7.6.18

It has been a little more than two years that I have been in Rochester and each day I continue to be inspired by the warmth, commitment and generosity of our community. Because I have lived in other communities, I have a unique perspective. I know from the inside the deep connections many h…