The Corridor

A blog by Dov Ben-Shimon, Federation CEO

Acts of Kindness – Both Random and Intentional

Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day.

I can’t imagine a time when acts of kindness have felt more needed, with so many of us feeling isolated, lonely, and depressed.

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation website lists a multitude of ideas.

Here are some of my favorites that are easy to…

Empty Gestures

I’ve heard a lot of talk these past few weeks about “empty” social media gestures.

It’s true that showing solidarity by applauding healthcare workers at a set time, or thanking them in Facebook posts, does create positive feelings. But words of encouragement like this don’t make c…

Federations Do Not Close

The other day I walked out of our Federation building deeply depressed.

I know that closing the building was the right thing. I know that it’s important and necessary and justified. I just felt sad. I drove home sad, and I came into my house sad. It took me a while – and my kids – to …

Increasing in Matters of Holiness

There’s a fascinating debate in the Talmud, in Tractate Shabbat, between the House of Hillel and the House of Shammai.

The question that they’re debating is to how to light the chanukiya, the menorah that we use for Hanukkah.

Shammai says that the candles should be lit in descending or…

Our Family Is Under Fire

As you are probably aware, there has been a major flare-up in violence between Israel and Gaza in the last couple of days. Here are the major points, from our national Jewish Federations team in Israel:

On Sunday night, the IDF bombed a building in the Gaza Strip in a highly targeted strike…