From Leslie's Laptop

a blog by Leslie Dannin Rosenthal, President

A BDS Moment in Tokyo

In planning a family trip to Japan, I was fairly certain that there wouldn’t be much of a Jewish story to share with you. I did know that the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) had opened a mailbox for contributions after the terrible earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent nuc…

A New Direction — Greater MetroWest

How do we learn to get to a new destination? Maps, GPS, GoogleMaps, written directions, and turn-by-turn on a smartphone all are ways to get us from point A to point B.

 

But how do we really learn the way? How do we mentally note the landmarks that tell us where to turn, when we are halfwa…

The Power of Individual and Collective Action

Last week, I was reminded of the power of the individual and the power of the collective, two forces that drive Jewish life and American life. I was a member of an advocacy mission to Washington, D.C. made up of members of the National Women’s Philanthropy Board (NWP), the group of women l…

Make Your UJA Pledge by May 18!

In this week's MetroWest edition of the New Jersey Jewish News, you may notice an ad that talks about closing the UJA Annual Campaign "early," on May 18. Is this like some fundraising version of the High Holy Days — sometimes they’re "early," sometimes they’re "late," but they’re alw…

We Need to Make Space for Modern Remembrances

Some holidays and holy days get short shrift. I’ve finally finished clearing out all of the Passover odds and ends and all of a sudden it is the day before Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Memorial Day. I’ve left out the yellow candle delivered by my synagogue’s Men’s Club so that I remember …