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.
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.
This past weekend, I was glued to my TV, watching with deep personal interest the footage from Hurricane Irma. As a 4th generation Tampa native, it pained me to know many of my family and loved ones, who still live in the area, were at risk of experiencing the wrath of one of the most powerful hurricanes in recent history. I watched in disbelief as news footage showed a bare sea floor near the area where I once lived. The powerful storm had literally sucked the water away from the shore.