Cathy's Whim - Civil Discourse ~ Lessons Learned

It has been a very difficult week for the United States. Puerto Rico is still trying to recover from Hurricane Maria. Questions have been raised about our government’s response to the island, which has been mostly without electricity or water for over two weeks. On Sunday evening, 59 people lost their lives in a horrific attack at a concert in Las Vegas. Over 500 more people were injured. In the midst of this, people are at odds about how to handle both situations, and how to prevent an attack like the one in Las Vegas from happening in the first place.
 

Cathy's Whim - Empowering Our Children

Last night we had our first JFGD board meeting of the year. At the end of our meeting, several board members shared stories that were not only inspirational, but reminded me of the importance of educating our Jewish children so they can proudly represent their religion and culture to the general community.

Cathy's Whim - Rosh Hashanah Musings

I recently attended a very inspirational interfaith event. This is the second time my schedule permitted me to attend one of these luncheons. As luck would have it, both times they were held at Jewish institutions. Rabbi Karen Bodney-Halasz (who presented at the first event) and Rabbi Judy Chessin (who presented at the second event) gave beautifully engaging presentations, giving those in attendance a glimpse into Judaism. I felt very proud to be a part of our Jewish community at these events.
 

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